Prioritizing Financial Fairness
Our attorneys have a combined experience of more than 46 years in helping clients resolve difficult issues, many of them being economical in nature. Child support and alimony (spousal support) are among the most contentious areas.
The initial establishment of support amounts and possible future modifications based on financial changes are areas in which we can be of service. There are numerous factors that can impact these support levels, and you should have an experienced lawyer familiar with these issues.
In Pennsylvania, child support follows a formula based on the monthly after-tax incomes or earning abilities of the both parents. But there are other factors that can influence the outcome. Clients need to be made aware of these factors in order to ensure that they get the proper level of support over time.
Child support normally is payable until a child reaches 18 years or graduates from high school, whichever occurs later. If an adult child, however, has special needs, child support could be payable for a longer period of time.
Three Approaches To Alimony
Child support is mandatory in our state; alimony is not. Pennsylvania recognizes three kinds of alimony:
- Rehabilitative alimony, awarded to a financially dependent former spouse when time is needed for that person to “rehabilitate” himself or herself through education or work.
- Permanent alimony, made to a financially dependent former spouse for the rest of that person’s life.
- Reimbursement alimony, reimbursing former spouses for expenses they incurred for the benefit of the other spouse, such as when one spouse pays most of the marital debt load, or when a spouse supported the family while the other pursued an education or career.
Both child support and alimony are complex topics with many factors that can impact your outcome. The more your lawyer knows about precedents that bear on your case, the greater the advantage to you.