Legal Separation

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In Pennsylvania, a court must determine when a marriage has ended. This date affects values of marital assets and debts. In Pennsylvania, spouses need not be physically separated in order to be separated in the eyes of the law. A court can determine that spouses are separated, even if still living under the same roof. The key for this determination is to evaluate at what point the couple has ceased the "marital relationship". This is often a difficult determination, but our experienced family law attorneys can help to protect your rights during this trying time in your life. We will protect you and your family, and try to make the process as painless as possible.

Legal Separation and Spousal support in Pennsylvania

In Pennsylvania, either a husband or wife can seek spousal support when there has been a legal separation. If a choice is made to litigate your divorce matter in court, the Pennsylvania Support Guidelines will apply. The guidelines provide a formula-based calculation for spousal support, as well as Alimony Pendente Lite, which can be awarded until the resolution of your divorce. Spousal support and Alimony Pendente Lite are entirely different from post-divorce alimony. It is important to understand that the purpose of spousal support is to provide the financially dependent spouse with basic needs, but sometimes abuses can occur in the support process. TKG&K can protect your rights, whether you are the dependent spouse or the spouse obligated to pay child or spousal support.

Speak to an experienced divorce lawyer before separating

If you are separated or considering separation, it is important you realize that actions taken now can have a major impact in later proceedings. If left unaddressed, values of your assets and debts are likely to fluctuate greatly over time and this will inevitably result in a disputes. A carefully planned strategy is vital to protecting your interests relating to support, custody, or divorce, and we can provide valuable assistance in making sure that you maximize your chances for a positive outcome.

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