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A husband's or wife's court-ordered provision for a spouse after separation or divorce.

Despite what you may have heard, alimony continues to be an important part of the divorce process in Pennsylvania. Unlike spousal support and the temporary alimony, often referred to as "APL", which are often calculated according to a guideline formula, alimony itself is dependent on the discretion of the court unless the divorcing spouses are able to reach an agreement. Instead of using a set formula to calculate alimony in Pennsylvania, there are literally 17 factors that a judge is expected to consider when determining how much alimony a spouse must pay and for how long it will need to be paid. As in all divorce matters, our Lancaster alimony attorneys are committed to protecting our clients' legal interests while working towards a favorable outcome..