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.
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 martial residence, the lower income spouse is often left in a very difficult situation and requires funds for
living essentials. A dependant 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 bread winner.
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 on-line 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 pm). You can also file Wednesday evenings from 4:30 - 7 pm at the Family Division located at 440
Ross Street, or at the Mt. Lebanon Satellite office at 250 Mt. Lebanon, Blvd.
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 dependant spouse following separation and prior to the filing of a complaint in divorce.
Infidelity by the dependant spouse may be the basis for an entitlement
defense (they are not entitled to receive it) to spousal support and/or alimony.
Pendente Lite - APL
Once a complaint
in divorce has been filed, support received by the dependant 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 dependant 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 dependant 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 dependant 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.
For more information about Spousal Support in Pennsylvania, call Scott L. Levine at 412.303.9566.