Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania Alimony Lawyer

What is Alimony? What Determines The Amount I Pay / Receive?

Alimony is a type of financial support paid from one spouse to the other after a divorce. It starts only after the divorce has been finalized. Not every divorced spouse is entitled to alimony. There are numberous factors which are used in Pennsylvania to determine if a spouse is qualified to receive alimony.

It’s normal, especially for a spouse who has not had an income to wonder how much alimony they will be eligible for and how long they will receive it. Unfortunately, Pennsylvania Law provides no simple answer or mandated calculation like with child support. The answers to questions around alimony payment amounts, timeframes, and other related factors are determined by the master assigned to your case. These details can also be reached through an agreement with your spouse.

If you are awarded alimony in your divorce, it is considered income by the IRS and you must report it on your personal income tax returns.  Consult an accountant so that you understand the federal, state and local tax ramifications of alimony to you. 

If my Ex-Spouse remarries, do I still have to pay alimony?

In Pennsylvania, alimony may be modified, suspended or reinstated upon a showing of a change in circumstances. 23 Pa. C.S.A. 3701(1). Pennsylvania law further provides that alimony stops or terminates if the recipient remarries or cohabitates with a member of the opposite sex, or if the recipient dies or the payor dies. 23 Pa. C.S.A. 3701 (e), 3706, 3707.  These provisions of the law can be negotiated and changed by agreement of the parties. 

Alimony Problem? We can Solve It.

Angela F. Stevens, Attorney at Law is a full-service law firm with offices serving the Wilkes-Barre, Kingston and all of the Wyoming Valley including Luzerne, Lackawanna, Wyoming and surrounding cities. We are available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and evenings and weekends by appointment. Feel free to call us toll free at 1-844-PA-SOLVE (1-844-727-6583), 570-718-4900 or contact us online to tell us about how we can help with your questions regarding spousal support and alimony.