Spousal Support in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA, Spousal Support Attorney - Spousal Support Lawyer - Allegheny Co.
Our Pittsburgh spousal support lawyers handle spousal support cases throughout Allegheny County and Western Pennsylvania. Our attorneys can assist with filing for spousal support or a modification of spousal support. We handle spousal support conferences and spousal support hearings for legal matters arising in Allegheny County and the surrounding areas. If you have questions about Pennsylvania spousal support law, we would be happy to speak to you.
Law Offices of Scott L. Levine, LLC
425 1st Ave - 6th Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Filing for spousal support is free. If either spouse vacates the marital residence, the lower income spouse is often left in a very difficult situation and requires funds for living essentials. A dependent spouse can file for support any time after the parties begin "living separate and apart" or by living in separate residences. The parties will need to reside in separate residences as of the date of the conference/hearing unless there has been no contribution to the household bills by the primary breadwinner.
Accordingly, if the parties are unable to reach an agreement regarding support, the lower income spouse may file a support complaint. This can be done by in person at the local support office or a satellite office. You can also view the forms online and print to save you time at court.
In Allegheny County, a complaint for support can be filed in person at the Support Office on the Second Floor of the Allegheny Building (428 Forbes Avenue) during their regular business hours (8:30 am – 2:00 pm). You can also file Wednesday evenings from 4:30 – 7:00 pm at the Family Division located at 440 Ross Street. Filing is also available at either the Mt. Lebanon Satellite office at 250 Mt. Lebanon Blvd and the Penn Hills Satellite office located at 12000 Frankstown Avenue.
Spousal support refers to monetary amounts paid by the primary wage earner to the dependent spouse. In Pennsylvania, there are several types of spousal support. The payments are each unique in nature and further differentiated by when the payments are made (i.e. before, during, or after divorce).
The first type of spousal support is available to the dependent spouse following separation and prior to the filing of a complaint in divorce.
Infidelity by the dependent spouse may be the basis for an entitlement defense (they are not entitled to receive it) to spousal support and/or alimony.
Alimony Pendente Lite - APL
Once a complaint in divorce has been filed, support received by the dependent spouse is called Alimony Pendente Lite or "APL," which essentially means alimony pending litigation. This is used to put the spouses on a relatively level playing field during the pendency of a divorce action. The interim support allows the dependent spouse to pay their bills and maintain some amount of parity in their standard of living while they adjust to the loss of the income and support of the primary wage earner.
Following the entry of a divorce decree, spousal support is referred to as alimony. Alimony is a monetary award on a monthly or biweekly basis to a dependent spouse for a defined period of time, based on multiple factors including: the length of the parties marriage, the respective ability of each party to seek gainful employment, and whether the dependent spouse will require any training before being able to rehabilitate and re-enter the workforce, if previously not employed. Also, the ages and health of the parties will be considered. Generally, a short marriage may result in little or no alimony, while a long marriage where the current earning capacity of each party is disproportionate, may be more likely to produce a longer and higher award.
If you need to talk to a lawyer about how to obtain spousal support, the amount of interim spousal support you may receive or owe, or the factors considered in determining whether spousal support is awarded, we would be more than happy to speak to you. We can also explain how APL is calculated. We can explain how the new tax law may affect cases for 2017, 2018, 2019, and beyond. For more information about spousal support in Pennsylvania, call Scott L. Levine at (412) 397-7175.
Law Offices of Scott L. Levine, LLC
425 1st Avenue - 6th Floor, Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Phone: 412.397.7175 | Fax: 412.202.3852
Contact us if you have any questions about spouse support, or you’d like to schedule a free consultation. We proudly serve clients in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Allegheny County throughout Western Pennsylvania.