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Alimony & Spousal Support

Spousal Support

Alimony and Spousal Support are related but different concepts under PA law.

Spousal support, like child support is determined in accordance with the Pennsylvania Rules of Civil Procedure.

  • For Spousal Support in PA, there is a guideline formula that determines the amount of support. This formula is primarily based upon the net earnings of each party. In some cases, the Courts will impute income to a party if it is determined that one party is not earning income up to his or her potential.
  • Not all divorce cases will have a spousal support order.
  • The incomes of the parties must fall within the guidelines before an order of spousal support can be issued. Generally, spousal support will start only once a spousal support complaint has been filed. Spousal support continues for the length of the marriage. Spousal support must terminate upon issuance of the Divorce Decree.

Like child support, spousal support is modifiable. As the incomes of the parties change, the support obligation can also be changed. In order to do so, a party must file a Petition to Modify Support.

At David K. Lucas & Associates, we're here to help you through the tough times. When you contact us today, or call us at 724-835-8440, we'll answer your questions about spousal support.


Unlike spousal support, alimony is continued support after the divorce decree. Where there are guidelines in determining spousal support, alimony instead is determined under PA law through a review of 17 subjective criteria that the courts must consider.

Historically, alimony has been considered an additional remedy when simply dividing the marital property in a divorce was considered insufficient to accomplish economic justice.

Today, every case is different and is determined by the specific facts of the case.

If you have questions concerning spousal support/alimony, call our office at 724-835-8440 or visit our contact page.

Service Area

Spousal Support and Divorce Attorneys at David K. Lucas & Associates represent individuals in Greensburg and throughout Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, including but not necessarily limited to Delmont, Jeannette, Latrobe, Ligonier, Mount Pleasant, Murrysville, New Kensington, Irwin, North Huntingdon, Penn, Scottdale, and Youngwood

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