A key element to most divorces and separations is spousal support. Spousal support is a general term often used to describe distinct forms of support paid by one spousal to another.
During and throughout the divorce process and litigation, one spouse may be obligated to financially support the other spouse. This type of support is known as Alimony Pendente Lite, often referred to as APL. The determination of whether or not a spouse is entitled to receive APL is based on several factors including the net incomes of the parties. The spouse receiving APL is entitled to receive the determined amount until a settlement has been reached between the parties and / or a Divorce Decree has been issued.
Alimony is a form of spousal support where one spouse may be required to pay the other spouse after they are legally divorced. The parties may enter an agreement that creates an obligation for one spouse to pay alimony to the other. When Alimony is the result of an agreement between the parties, the amount of alimony paid and for how long will also be determined by the parties. In the event that the Court is required to determine whether or not alimony is appropriate, the Court considers the seventeen factors delineated in 23 Pa.C.S. Section 3701.
In the event that you believe you are entitled to receive or obligated to pay spousal support, contact The Law Office of Casey P. Mullen to schedule a free consultation. Attorney Casey P. Mullen will take the necessary time to evaluate your support matter to make certain that all relevant factors are considered and all your rights under the law are protected.