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Understanding Alimony in PA in 2019 and The Challenges of Resolving It

Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

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You're at the crossroads of a divorce in Pennsylvania and your mind is spinning with anxiety and worries as you lose sleep thinking about:

  • Whether or not you'll be able to afford to keep the house;
  • Whether or not you'll be able to pay the bills;
  • Whether or not you'll be able to get health insurance coverage;
  • And whether or not you'll have enough to save for your retirement.

All of these fears are typical in a divorce (especially if you've been the dependent spouse) and they all have one thing in common:

Money.

When it comes to money and divorce, there's one issue that's more stressful, more emotional, and more difficult for Pennsylvania couples to resolve than any other.

And that's PA alimony.

Coming to an agreement that will require one party to pay money to the other party to support their lifestyle after the marriage ends is challenging, to say the least.

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Topics: Alimony, Maintenance, Spousal Support, Pennsylvania

How to Have an Amicable Divorce

Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

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After years of soul-searching and months of counseling, you’ve made the difficult decision to end your marriage.

But don’t want your divorce or separation to be a knock-down, drag-out brawl.

One where you and your spouse hate each other when it’s over. Spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on divorce attorneys or litigating in court. And scar your children for life by destroying their family.

Instead, you want to have a peaceful divorce.

But you don’t know how or if it’s even possible.

So before you do anything, let’s first take a closer look at what it means to divorce amicably. And discuss five things you'll need to do to plan an amicable divorce process from the start.

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Topics: Planning for Divorce, Amicable, Fair, Divorce Mediation, Illinois, New York, California, New Jersey, Pennsylvania

Considering Lump Sum Alimony? Avoid These 5 Mistakes.

Joe Dillon, Divorce Mediator

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Ask anyone who's been ordered to pay spousal support how they feel about having to write a check to their former spouse every week or month.

You’ll probably be met with a few choice words...

The fact is - most people want to just move on after a divorce, sever ties and go their separate ways.

Unfortunately, when there are alimony payments involved, it can feel for the payor as if this separation never truly happened, which can ultimately lead to frustration and bitterness on the part of the payer.

That’s why some divorcing spouses choose an alternative to the weekly “check in the mail” alimony approach.

A concept known as a lump sum alimony buyout.

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Topics: Alimony, Maintenance, Spousal Support, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, New York, California, Illinois

The articles in this blog are for informational purposes only and are not intended as legal advice, financial advice, emotional advice or counsel.

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