Personal Injury Lawyer
Serving Hazleton, PA

A lawyer who knows how to get you a fair alimony payment

Attorneys Theodore Laputka and Edward McNelis of McNelis Law know that many financial issues need to be resolved during a divorce. One of the most contentious is spousal support, also known as alimony.

Alimony and post-separation support are payments made from one party in a divorce to the other. In general, they are granted when one spouse was heavily dependent on the other's income.

Post-separation support is temporary and is paid to the dependent spouse during the separation period of the marriage. During divorce proceedings, the dependent spouse must file a claim for alimony to continue receiving payments.

Many factors are considered when determining the amount and length of alimony payments. These include the:

  • Income of each spouse
  • Length of the marriage
  • Age of each spouse
  • Health of each spouse
  • Education levels of each spouse
  • Standard of living the parties enjoyed during the last several years of the marriage

There are also different types of alimony that can be awarded. Permanent alimony means payments are made to a spouse for the rest of his or her life. Rehabilitative alimony means payments are made to the spouse for a specific amount of time while that person "rehabilitates" him- or herself through education or work. Reimbursement alimony means reimbursement of expenses a spouse incurred during the marriage on behalf of the other-for example, debt or supporting the family while the other spouse pursued an education or career.

Alimony can be negotiated between the two parties, or be ordered by the court. Either way, the process can be emotionally charged.

Experience that gets results

Attorneys Theodore Laputka and Edward McNelis have represented clients who have sought alimony and clients who have had to pay it. We know how contentious the process can be, and we have dealt directly with the issues that come up.

Determining the appropriate level of financial support for a spouse and children after a divorce is extremely important. The support needs to be high enough for the spouse receiving alimony to be able to make ends meet. But it needs to be low enough for the other spouse to be able to make the payment and still get by. The two sides often don't agree on what that level of support should be.

Our attorneys will protect your rights and fight to get a payment that is fair, whether you are receiving alimony or paying it. We will work with your former spouse's attorney to negotiate a level of support that works for both parties. But if the other party is not willing to negotiate, we will make your case in court.

If you're getting a divorce, you need an experienced family law attorney by your side to protect your rights and help you resolve financial disputes fairly. Contact us to schedule a free consultation.