In Pennsylvania Alimony is the monthly allowance paid by a spouse to the former only after granting divorce and division of marital property.
It differs in terms as well as in the meanings from ‘spousal support’ or ‘pendent lite’ which are alike and are synonyms of alimony in other states.
Some quick facts on alimony:
- Alimony can be provided in four different forms in Pennsylvania like the permanent, periodic, rehabilitative and reimbursement alimony.
- It is generally a secondary remedy and is offered only in cases where marital property divisions can’t fetch enough help to the dependent spouse.
- A list of 17 factors like the spouse’s income earning capacities, reasonable needs etc, are promulgated in the divorce code and all such factors must be considered before ordering an alimony.