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After receiving so many questions about alimony from my clients, or prospective clients, I felt the need to clear the air on much confusion that appears to exist regarding a spouse’s entitlement to alimony in Pennsylvania.
I am amazed at how often both the purpose and spirit of alimony are misunderstood by receiving spouses in a divorce matter. I had a client last week, who is the payor of alimony, refer to it as "immoral, antiquated" and "nothing more than legalized extortion."
A collection of information on the tax aspects of alimony, spousal support and separate maintenance payments in Pennsylvania.
A couple can come to their own agreement about property settlement, which the court will generally accept. The Pennsylvania court will decide if either spouse is entitled to alimony, based on age, physical and mental condition, earning potential, duration of the marriage and standard of living. The court decides the duration of alimony, but support ends automatically if the one receiving it remarries or cohabits.
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