Pennsylvania Divorce Laws—Alimony Types and Everything About Them

Pennsylvania Divorce Laws and Alimony Explained by DoNotPay

Knowing the Pennsylvania divorce laws—alimony ones especially—is crucial for getting a successful divorce. To get all the information you want, there’s no need to hire a lawyer or waste time trying to learn the technicalities on your own.

We have prepared a guide that will save you time and energy by explaining PA alimony in no time.

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What Types of Alimony Are Available in Pennsylvania?

Alimony is a payment that the higher-earning spouse makes to the lower-earning one to help them get back on their feet. In Pennsylvania, you can be awarded two types of alimony. Check the table below for details:

Alimony TypeExplanation
Spousal supportThis alimony type is temporary financial support. One spouse pays the amount from the moment they separate until they file for divorce
Alimony pendente lite (APL)Alimony pendente lite is awarded after the divorce papers have been filed. The agreement lasts until the divorce gets finalized by the judge. The APL helps the spouse in day-to-day life during the divorce process and helps them pay the costs

Are You Qualified for Alimony in Pennsylvania?

If you’re getting a contested divorce, the court will decide which party is eligible for alimony. The judge will decide based on the Pennsylvania Guidelines for Spousal Support.

In case you’re having a friendly divorce, you can agree on the alimony terms with your spouse outside of court. Couples who can’t reach a middle ground should try divorce mediation. Mediation can help them get to a compromise regarding the alimony.

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What Are the Pennsylvania Guidelines for Spousal Support?

The Pennsylvania Guidelines for Spousal Support consist of 18 factors. Getting an uncontested divorce means that you get to decide on the type, duration, and amount of alimony granted. The factors that you need to evaluate are:

  1. Relative earnings of both spouses—Take into account how much money each spouse has earned during the marriage
  2. Duration of the marriage—The longer the duration of the marriage is, the more time may be needed for the supported spouse to adapt to living on their own
  3. Age of the spouses
  4. Physical, mental, and emotional states
  5. Sources of income of both spouses—Medical, retirement, insurance, and other benefits are included as well
  6. Inheritance and expected future earnings of each spouse
  7. Degree to which one spouse has contributed to the other spouse’s education, training, or increased earning potential
  8. Degree to which a spouse will be monetarily affected by their position as the custodian of a minor child
  9. Standard of living that the spouses established throughout their marriage—The judge will consider the lifestyle each spouse has become accustomed to
  10. The relative education of the parties—The amount of time it would take for the supported spouse to acquire the necessary education or training to get employed is also considered
  11. Relative assets and liabilities of the two spouses—Bank and brokerage accounts, loans, and card debt is also included
  12. Property each spouse brought into the marriage—Property that’s evaluated includes:
    1. Home
    2. Rental property
    3. Business property
  13. Degree to which a spouse contributed as a homemaker—The amount of time each spouse has contributed to child care and household maintenance will be included in the evaluation
  14. Relative needs of two spouses
  15. Marital misconduct of either of the spouses during the marriage
  16. Federal, state, and local tax consequences of the alimony
  17. Sufficient property lacks
  18. Ability to provide for the alimony-requesting spouse’s reasonable needs

Getting Divorced? Create a Settlement Agreement With DoNotPay That Will Suit Your Needs Perfectly

If you’re planning to get a low-cost and quick divorce in Pennsylvania, you will need a marital settlement agreement. This document is crucial to the process as it will outline all the details of alimony and the terms of your divorce. To get one, you can spend a hefty amount of money on a lawyer to draw one up for you.

If you don’t want your divorce costs to pile up, use DoNotPay! With our Divorce Settlement Agreement feature, you will get a fair agreement in a few clicks. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Select the Divorce Settlement Agreement feature
  2. Answer our chatbot’s simple questions
  3. Choose whether you want to have your document notarized online

Once you submit your request, we’ll create the document, which you can then sign and have notarized via an audio-video call.

Want to learn about divorces or get help regarding your divorce in Pennsylvania? Check out the guides DoNotPay has prepared for you:

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