Lehigh County Alimony Lawyer
Pennsylvania law provides for both child support and alimony. Child support is based on state guidelines that use both parents' incomes, expenses and assets to determine the child support to be paid or received. Alimony, or spousal support, can take several forms, but is also calculated using criteria established by the state. In both instances, it is critical that each party submits complete financial information to arrive at the correct amount of child or spousal support. A family law attorney can help you gather the materials you need.
At my law firm, The Law Office of Robert Sharpe, I help clients determine the amount of child support and alimony they will pay or receive. Together, we review not just finances, but also the agreed-upon child custody arrangements and property settlement determination. Both of these play a role in determining support.
Helping Clients Protect the VIPs in Their Lives
A child support calculation includes information available from tax returns and pay stubs. It also includes the costs of medical insurance premiums, day care, housing and other obligations. Evaluating these expenses allows us to develop a fair proposal that provides the child with the best standard of living possible. We offer this assistance to clients who are going through divorce or who seek to modify existing child support orders.
Alimony and Spousal Support
Alimony, or spousal support, comes in three varieties. The first is spousal support awarded to spouses who are determined to be fully dependent on the other spouse. The second is alimony pendente lite (APL). This type of alimony is awarded while a divorce is pending. Both APL and spousal support are calculated using established state guidelines. The third type of support is alimony, which has no specific guidelines. Rather, the state awards alimony based on a variety of criteria. It can be temporary or permanent. For example, individuals often receive temporary alimony so they can obtain needed training or education for higher-paying jobs. My law firm can help you determine your alimony obligations or expectations.
For information about family law, contact an Allentown child support lawyer. Call The Law Office of Robert Sharpe at 610-628-3486 or toll free at 888-902-4003.