If you are going through a divorce, one of the key concerns you will have is your financial well-being, particularly if your ex was the primary earner. You may be especially concerned about this if you are a full-time parent who stays at home with the kids instead of working outside the home.
While divorce can be a concerning time for anyone, it is important that you try to stay calm and focus all of your energy on gaining the divorce outcome that you and your children deserve. The following is an overview of how the law works in Pennsylvania when it comes to spousal support and alimony.
Three types of financial support
In Pennsylvania, there are three types of financial support that can be awarded to divorcing spouses depending on what stage of the divorce process they are in and on when they file for spousal support. The following is an overview of these three types of support.
In a situation where you have separated from your spouse but not yet filed for divorce, it is possible to gain financial support during this period. This type of support is known specifically as spousal support.
Alimony pendente lite
When the divorce is pending but not yet settled, it is possible to gain a type of alimony known as alimony pendente lite. This alimony is designed to ensure that the spouse who earns less is able to maintain their standard of living during the divorce proceedings.
Alimony refers specifically to the payments that are awarded after the divorce is settled. The extent and terms of the alimony payments can vary greatly — you may receive a lump-sum payment, or you may be entitled to monthly payments for a certain amount of months or years.
If you are going through a divorce in Pennsylvania, it is important that you understand your legal rights to gaining financial support so that you are able to raise your children and support yourself to the highest possible standard.