Factors Considered in Determining Alimony


Factors Considered in Determining Alimony

In Pennsylvania, there are 17 factors enumerated in the divorce code which the court considers in determining whether to award alimony, for how long, and in what amount. The court has discretion with regard to how much alimony to award and the length of time it will be paid based on an analysis of these factors.

The factors are the relative earnings or earning capacities of the parties, the ages and physical, mental, and emotional health of the parties, the sources of income of both parties, expectancies and inheritances of each party, the duration of the marriage, the contribution of one party to the other party’s education, training, or increased earning power of the other party, the extent to which the earning power, expenses, or financial obligations of a party will be affected by reason of serving as the custodian of a minor child, the standard of living established during the marriage, the relative education of the parties, the relative assets and liabilities of the parties, the property brought into the marriage by either party, the contribution of either party as a homemaker, the relative needs of the parties, the marital misconduct of either party during the marriage, the tax ramifications of an alimony award, whether the party seeking alimony lacks sufficient property, and whether the party seeking alimony is incapable of self-support through appropriate employment.

An analysis of these factors will allow the court to best determine whether alimony is appropriate, how much is appropriate, and for how long it will be paid.

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Alicia Fastman graduated from Hofstra University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology, then went on to complete her Juris Doctorate at the Widener University School of Law in Wilmington, DE. Alicia graduated from law school with pro bono distinction, completed a Certificate in Criminal Law, and focused her intensive studies within the fields of litigation and trial advocacy. Alicia joined LaMonaca Law in April of 2011 and is a Partner at the firm. She was selected as a Top Lawyer in Main Line Magazine in 2014, 2016, 2017, and 2019 in the areas of Family Law and Divorce and has been named as a Best Lawyer in the areas of Adoption and Trial in the Delaware County Daily Times. Alicia is licensed to practice law in Pennsylvania, and is a member of the Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, and Delaware County Bar Associations. Alicia resides in Delaware County with her dog, Leonard. In her time outside of the courtroom or office, she enjoys creating art, listening to podcasts, and spending time with friends and family.