Spousal Support and Alimony Pendente Lite (APL)

Our attorneys are experienced in determining whether spousal support is available and, if so, in what amount. Spousal support and alimony pendente lite (APL) are temporary in nature and only awarded when one spouse in a divorce action has a higher income than the other. In Pennsylvania, the amount of spousal support and APL is calculated based upon a formula. Our attorneys are able to navigate the nuances in the law between spousal support and APL which can have serious financial ramifications in a divorce proceedings.  Our firm will ensure that our client’s income is accurately represented when calculating spousal support or APL, whether you are the spouse required to pay it or the spouse entitled to receive it.


Our firm provides experienced counsel regarding the issue of alimony. Unlike spousal support and APL, alimony may be a short-term, long-term or permanent award of support after divorce. It is not set by a formula but rather at the discretion of the court and is based upon many factors prescribed by law. We will analyze your specific situation and determine whether alimony will be awarded as well as the amount and duration of the payment, if applicable. Our experienced attorneys will also explain the tax ramifications of paying or receiving all forms of support.