Spousal Support, APL & Alimony

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York Alimony Pendente Lite LawyerCan I Get Spousal Support or Alimony?

When you marry you are entering into a unique contract which creates special obligations for each spouse. One obligation is that during or after a divorce, a spouse who makes more money may be required to provide financial support to the other. These payments can take the form of spousal support, alimony pendente lite or alimony. Whether you are required to make or are entitled to receive payments is controlled by Pennsylvania law and numerous factors. In order to protect you, it is critical that your York divorce attorneys know your rights and be prepared to fight for them both in and out of family court.

Hoffmeyer & Semmelman’s aggressive York support lawyers are well-equipped to meet your needs. They are available to meet with you in any of our three law offices, located in York, Shrewsbury and Mt Wolf. Contact them to learn more at 717-846-8846.

What are Spousal Support and Alimony?

Spousal support and APL (alimony pendente lite) are when one spouse pays money to another prior to the end of the marriage. The amount paid is based on income and controlled by the Pennsylvania Support Guidelines. The requirement that one spouse pay another is often extremely contentious and the emotions surrounding this issue can be intense. The legal arguments your family law attorney makes on your behalf are extremely important. Failure to have a lawyer who understands the guidelines and how they apply to your specific situation can cost you tens of thousands of dollars in some divorce cases.

Are Spousal Support and Alimony Different?

The main difference between APL and spousal support is that the Court does not consider marital fault or cohabitation by the dependent spouse as a basis to disqualify or deny that spouse from receiving APL payments, but does so when determining whether spousal support is available. In addition, spousal support may be obtained at any point after separation while APL can only be obtained once the divorce complaint has been filed with a court.

Proving whether a spouse is cohabitating or engaged in a marital fault can be quite complex and can have a huge impact on what you must provide or are entitled to receive payments. This is why it is crucial that you have fierce advocates on your side, such as the Mt Wolf spousal support lawyers at Hoffmeyer & Semmelman who know the law and how to apply it to your specific situation.

What is APL?

Alimony is financial support which may be provided after the divorce is finalized. The other forms of support are provided while the divorce is going forward and are cut off after the divorce is completed or the property division issues are finalized, whichever is last.  Given some divorces can take a long period of time, the payments during the divorce can be critical to the financial well-being of the dependent spouse, and quite expensive to the spouse who earns more income. In addition, both spousal support and APL payments made pursuant to a court order are tax deductible by the payor and taxable to the recipient. This is a benefit of which the parties to a divorce need to be aware.  Alimony may be paid after the divorce decree has been entered and property issues are finalized.  The parties may agree alimony will be paid or will not be paid.  The court may also determine alimony claims.  As with spousal support and APL, there are tax implications with alimony payments.

What Mt. Wolf Lawyer Can Help Me With Spousal Support or Alimony?

In order for you to pay or obtain the appropriate amount of money it is critical that your attorneys know how to apply the laws and factors in your case in order to properly advise you. The experienced Mt Wolf alimony and support lawyers at Hoffmeyer & Semmelman will aggressively protect your rights to achieve the best result for your position.

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APL is only available after the divorce process has begun. Alimony is provided after the divorce is complete.

Regardless of whether you are seeking to obtain or prevent any form of support prior to or during or after a divorce, the central Pennsylvania attorneys of Hoffmeyer & Semmelman, LLC can assist you in enforcing your rights. Contact us at 717-846-8846, today at our York, Shrewsbury and Mt Wolf offices.

Spousal Support and Alimony Pendente Lite in York , Shrewsbury & Mt Wolf
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Spousal Support and Alimony Pendente Lite in York , Shrewsbury & Mt Wolf
The lawyers at H&S assist those in need of spousal support or APL in York, Shrewsbury, Mt Wolf and throughout central Pennsylvania.