Money issues are a large source of friction in divorce cases. Whether spouses are arguing over spousal support, child support or how property is divided, it is important that each side knows their rights and obligations.
At the law office of Huckabee, Weiler, & Levengood, P.C., our experienced family law and divorce attorneys are able to provide clients with the tailored representation they need and deserve. Our firm is fluent in the language of the Pennsylvania spousal support and child support laws, taking the time to explain these to our clients.
Spousal Support (Alimony)
- Sometimes referred to as alimony or spousal maintenance, spousal support is the amount of money that is paid to the non-monied spouse (the spouse who was not the primary income earner) after a marriage ends.
- The purpose of spousal support is to help maintain a lifestyle for that spouse who is comparable to what was enjoyed by him or her throughout the course of the marriage.
A number of factors are considered by the court before a determination on spousal support is made, such as:
- Length of the marriage
- Age and health of the spouses
- Health of the parties
- Standard of living enjoyed by the parties during the marriage
- Income earning capacity and potential of each party
- Any misuse or excessive spending of marital assets
- If the parties have children together
- Need to pay for additional expenses for the children
- Nonfinancial contributions of the paying spouse
- Spousal support may continue to be required until the recipient spouse is able to support him or herself
- The amount of child support that is to be paid is set by state laws, and the guidelines must be followed in nearly all situations.
- A formula is used to calculate the amount that is owed. This formula takes things into consideration such as each parent's income, the number of children and any other expenses (such as health care or day care).
- Our firm represents clients in child support issues who are part of a divorce, as well as parents who have never been married and are dealing with child support for their child.
Contact Us Today For Experienced Help
You do not have to face spousal support and child support matters alone. Contact Huckabee, Weiler, & Levengood, P.C., through our online form or call our office in Shillington at 610-378-1933. Discuss your case and options with a knowledgeable member of our legal team.