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Spousal support, also known as alimony, can be a daunting concept for a couple going through a divorce. The purpose of alimony is to ensure that the dependant spouse can receive the same or similar support from their ex-spouse as they did in their marriage. If you are considering a divorce and have any questions on the process or about alimony, reach out to our experienced Pennsylvania family law attorneys at Ilkanoff & Silverstein to evaluate your options. We have been committed to helping our clients through these challenging moments for years. Contact us today.

What factors affect Pennsylvania’s alimony determination?

Alimony is the legal obligation made from one spouse to another after a divorce in order to ensure that the dependant partner is able to receive aid.

Alimony is not granted in every circumstance. The court will weigh various factors when considering whether or not to award alimony. These factors may include:

  • The duration of the marriage
  • The age and health of each spouse
  • The income and assets of each spouse
  • The future earning potential of each spouse
  • Which spouse will be the primary custodian of any minor children
  • The contributions made by each spouse during the marriage
  • The ability of the spouse seeking support to become employable

Alimony is largely dependant on each couple’s individual situation. Alimony may be paid in a lump sum, monthly over a period of years, or for the duration of the dependent spouse’s lifetime. Temporary support can also be awarded during a separation until a final settlement has been reached.

If you are planning or are currently going through a divorce, contact an experienced Pennsylvania attorney to discuss your case.

What are other alimony dispute resolution options?

In Pennsylvania, it is common for couples to choose the mediation process to resolve disputed matters of their divorce, including alimony. Mediation allows couples to stay out of the courtroom, which can be beneficial for the sake of time, money, and even a more peaceful resolution. Alimony is just one of the many issues in a divorce that can be resolved through mediation.

If you and your partner are considering divorce, it is important to sift through your options and consider mediation. If you need an experienced Pennsylvania attorney to walk you through your dispute resolution options, contact Ilkhanoff & Silverstein today.


We understand that going through the legal system alone can be both confusing and highly stressful. That is why it is our job to help you through every step of the process ahead. For years, we have been helping clients throughout Lancaster County and its surrounding areas through a wide range of legal matters, including personal injury cases, criminal defense matters, family law issues, estate planning law matters, and more. If you need legal assistance, we are here to help. Contact Ilkhanoff & Silverstein today.