Pittsburgh Alimony Attorneys
Our Pittsburgh Alimony lawyers handle Alimony as it
relates to divorce cases throughout Allegheny County and Western Pennsylvania. Our attorneys can assist with filing for spousal support or a modification of spousal support. If you have questions about Pennsylvania Alimony law we would be happy to speak to you.
Offices of Scott L. Levine, LLC
425 1st Ave - 6th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Alimony and its application is not governed by any specific guideline or formula; rather, it is decided on a case
by case basis and only after determining the division of the martial estate in a divorce action.
Alimony is discussed very generally below to provide a very
basic introduction to some of its concepts and an overview of terms involved.
If you would like to get a better understanding of the process from both a micro and macro
perspective, you should speak with an Attorney who practices in your Jurisdiction for a detailed review of:
the specific facts of your matter; the local procedures followed; the statutory language and case-law; a comprehensive analysis
of the totality of the circumstances and measuring them against the existing law.
is a payment to the dependant spouse following an entry of a final divorce decree. This is different than spousal support and APL, in that there is no formula for determining Alimony. Additionally, alimony is generally considered a secondary remedy which may not be reached if
the dependant spouse is provided for through equitable distribution.
The statutory factors for alimony are set forth below:
Pa.C.S. 23 § 3701. Alimony
3701 (a) General Rule. – Where a divorce decree has been entered, the court may allow alimony,
as it deems reasonable, to either part only if it finds that alimony is necessary.
§ 3701 (b) Factors relevant – In determining whether
alimony is necessary and in determining the nature, amount, duration and manner of payment of alimony, the
court shall consider all relevant factors, including:
The relative earnings and earning capacities of the parties.
The ages and the physical, mental and emotional conditions of the parties.
The sources of income of both parties, but not limited to, medical, retirement, insurance or other benefits.
The expectancies and inheritances of the parties.
The duration of marriage.
The contribution by one party to the education, training
or increased earning power of the other.
The extent to which the earning power, expenses or financial
obligations of a party will be affected by reason of serving as custodian of a minor child.
The standard of living of the parties established during
The relative education of the parties and the time necessary
to acquire sufficient education or training to enable the party seeking alimony to find appropriate employment.
The relative assets and liabilities of the parties.
The property brought to the marriage by either party.
The contribution of a spouse as homemaker.
The relative needs of the parties.
The martial misconduct of either of the parties during the marriage. The martial misconduct of either of the
parties from the final date of separation shall not be considered by the court in its determinations relative to alimony;
except that the court shall consider the abuse of one party by the other party. As used in this paragraph “abuse”
shall have the meaning given to it under section 6102 (relating to definitions).
The Federal, State and local tax ramifications of the alimony award.
Whether the party seeking alimony lacks sufficient property, including, but not limited to, property distributed
under Chapter 35 (relating to property rights), to provide for the
party’s reasonable needs.
Whether the party seeking alimony is incapable of self-support through appropriate employment.
3701 (c) Duration. – the court in ordering alimony shall determine the duration of the order, which may be for a definite
or an indefinite period of time which is reasonable under the circumstances.
§ 3701 (d) Statement of Reasons. – In an order made under this section, the court shall set forth the
reason for its denial or award of alimony and the amount thereof.
§ 3701 (e) Modification and termination. – An order entered pursuant to this section is subject to further
order of the court upon changed circumstances of either party of a substantial and continuing nature whereupon the order may
be modified, suspended terminated or reinstituted or a new order made. Any further order shall apply only to payments accruing
subsequent to the petition for the requested relief. Remarriage of the party receiving alimony shall terminate the award of
§ 3701 (f) Status of agreement to pay
alimony. – Whenever the court approves an agreement for the payment of alimony voluntarily entered into between the
parties, the agreement shall constitute the order of court and may be enforced as provided in section 3703 (relating to arrearages).
§ 3706 Bar to Alimony. No petitioner is entitled to receive an award of alimony
where the petitioner, subsequent to the divorce pursuant to which alimony is being sought, has entered into cohabitation with
a person of the opposite sex who is not a member of the family of the petitioner within the degrees of consanguinity.
§ 3707. Effect of death of either party. Upon the death of the payee party, the
right to receive alimony pursuant to this chapter shall cease. Upon the death of the payor party, the obligation to pay alimony
shall cease unless otherwise indicated in an agreement between the parties or an order of court.