Q: I been married 5 years, can she get alimony? I have a house only in my name, can she get any of this.
A: Yes, she could get alimony depending on variables such as your income and her income. For example, if your income is exorbitantly higher than hers, she could file for what's known in PA as Alimony Pendente Lite - or alimony pending litigation. This is very common where a woman has stayed at home and raised children or worked only part time. She may be unable to financially support herself through the divorce process. PA provides for this avenue so that the spouse can maintain their standard of living while the divorce process is going on. There are cases when alimony can cease once the divorce finalizes. There are also cases where a Master may be involved - or court - and award ongoing alimony to a spouse to afford them the opportunity to become self-sufficient. Every circumstance is unique and there is so much volatility in the economy with job losses, that it is hard to know what amounts you could pay. For example, even a man on unemployment can be forced to pay alimony pendente lite to his spouse during the pending divorce litigation.
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