Clarks Summit Spousal Support Attorney
Determining Spousal Support in a Divorce
Calculating spousal support can be a challenge in a divorce. This is true whether you are dealing with considerable assets or a modest life, whether you were the breadwinner or the homemaker, and whether you and your spouse are on friendly or unfriendly terms. Having a skilled Clarks Summit divorce attorney on your side can make all the difference in your financial stability now and into the future. At O’Malley Law Office, LLC, we handle spousal support and all other divorce and family law matters for clients throughout Scranton, Clarks Summit, and across Pennsylvania. We are here to provide honest insight and aggressive legal counsel when you need it most.
Wondering whether you will be entitled to or may have to pay alimony? Ask a Clarks Summit spousal support lawyer by calling (570) 391-0866 today!
O’Malley Law Office, LLC Can Protect Your Financial Future
Spousal support is one of the issues that must be faced in a divorce or separation agreement. This is an amount of money paid by one ex-spouse to another. Spousal support, sometimes referred to as alimony, may be paid as a lump sum or in regular increments for a set period of time (or infinitely, depending on the specific agreement or court order). In some cases, spousal support may be awarded before a divorce is final. This can be referred to as alimony pendente lite, “while the action is pending.”
When awarding spousal support, Pennsylvania courts may look at a number of factors:
- The duration of the marriage;
- Each spouse’s income and earning potential;
- Any potential inheritance or other assets each spouse may acquire;
- The age and health of each spouse;
- The standard of living experienced during the marriage;
- The assets and debts of each spouse;
- The financial needs of each spouse;
- The impact spousal support may have on each spouse’s taxes;
- Each spouse’s ability to be self-supporting;
- Each spouse’s contributions during the marriage;
- The division of property in the divorce; and
- Any misconduct on the part of either spouse during the marriage.