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PA Spousal Support - Frequently Asked Questions

Divorce is one of the most difficult experiences that many people will ever go through. The emotional, financial, and child-custody issues associated with a divorce can be overwhelming. There are so many things to consider that many divorcing spouses find themselves overwhelmed.

One of the biggest concerns for clients at the Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz, P.C., is whether alimony will be awarded and how the marital assets in general will be divided. The financial impact of divorce is often the key issue of concern for our clients. They want to know whether they will be okay.

For decades, Montgomery County family law attorney Sheryl R. Rentz has been advocating for clients who need fierce negotiation skills and litigation advocacy in order to get a financial distribution outcome that accurately reflects their needs.

Divorces are emotionally devastating, but they don't need to be financially devastating. With the right representation, you can end your marriage without ending your financial freedom.

Are Different Types of Alimony in Pennsylvania?

What is the Difference between Alimony, Support Payments and Alimony PL?

How Are Payments Calculated?

Are Alimony, Support Payments and Alimony PL Mandatory?

Can the Couples Negotiate Alimony Payments on Their Own?


Q: Are Different Types of Alimony in Pennsylvania?

A: Yes. In Pennsylvania family law courts can award three different categories of alimony and spousal payments. Under state family law guidelines there are three different categories of support payments that can be awarded during and post-divorce proceedings.

The different forms of alimony and spousal payments include:

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Q: What is the Difference between Alimony, Support Payments and Alimony PL?

A: While there are three different names, there are only two real differences. Alimony Pedente Lite and Support Payments refer to the same thing. They are both payments that one, the more financially able spouse, makes during the course of a divorce before the divorce has been finalized. They include regular payments made to support the other spouse during the separation period before the divorce process has been finalized.

Alimony, on the other hand includes payments that are awarded after a divorce has been finalized.

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Q: How Are Payments Calculated?

A: Alimony, which refers to on-going payments post-divorce granted to one spouse as determined by the judge in a family law case.

Support Payments and Alimony Pedente Lite payments are determined by state guidelines. Alimony is based on the discretion of the presiding judge while there are formulas to calculate Support payments and Alimony PL.

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Q: Are Alimony, Support Payments and Alimony PL Mandatory?

A: Support Payments and Alimony Pedente Lite are carefully calculated according to mandatory guidelines during the divorce and mandatory based on the guidelines.

Alimony on the other hand is discretionary. This means that there is no right to alimony payments in a divorce.

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Q: Can the Couples Negotiate Alimony Payments on Their Own?

A: Yes. In fact, it is better for divorcing couples to come to an agreement about alimony and support payments rather than relying on the discretion of the judge. Since there is no formula for calculating spousal support, depending on the judge to decide the alimony payments means that both parties in the divorce may be dissatisfied with the decision.

If the parties negotiate through their attorneys then they can at least make the decision among themselves rather than relying on a judge's discretion. When negotiation is possible, we will represent your interests to the fullest. And in cases where litigation is the only solution, we will advocate vigorously for you in family court.

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Experienced Pennsylvania spousal support attorney Sheryl R. Rentz guides Montgomery County residents who are going through difficult divorces with compassion and an aggressive defense of their rights.

A just and fair distribution of the marital assets during a divorce can be the difference in starting over deeply in debt or with the certainty that you will be able to transition to a new stage in your life with adequate support and resources.

If you want to ensure that you have someone on your side devoted to your interests, contact us at (866) 290-9292 today to schedule a free consultation at the Law Offices of Sheryl R. Rentz.

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