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Pennsylvania divorces to see big changes

The holiday season is often a time when couples in Pennsylvania experiencing marital challenges work extra hard to hold their families together. Some people use this season to correct their paths and try to save their marriages altogether. Other people may agree that they will get divorced but choose to hold off initiating that process until the holidays are over. This year, however, may be very different as couples might have an unusual incentive to complete their divorces before the New Year is ushered in.

When is alimony awarded in Pennsylvania?

If you are going through a Pennsylvania divorce, you are likely worried about your financial obligations post-divorce, or, on the flipside, your financial situation. The purpose of alimony is not to punish one spouse, but rather, to ease the burden of the lesser earning spouse as he or she transitions from married life to single life. The courts may also award alimony to prevent situations in which one spouse may suffer unfair financial consequences as a result of the divorce, and because he or she did not work or earned significantly less than the other spouse during the union. What does the purpose for alimony mean for you, though? The answer depends on factors that are unique to your case. 

How can you divide your assets?

When residents in Pennsylvanian go through a divorce, you're going to be dealing with things like property and asset division. This is where Palange, Endres & Marks, P.C., come in, as we can help guide you through the process as simply and easily as possible.

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Many may go into divorce proceedings in Reading thinking that an award of alimony to one side will be automatic. They may be unpleasantly surprised to find out that alimony is not a given. Spousal support is not meant to be punitive towards one side in a divorce agreement in any way; rather, it is supposed to help one side support him or herself until he or she is able to finance the same standard of living he or she enjoyed while married on his or her own. This also reveals another misunderstood fact about alimony: It typically is not meant to be permanent. It may be paid for a predetermined period of time, or be revoked upon the review of the court that ordered it. 

How does the new tax law affect my spousal support payments?

If you are a divorced Pennsylvania resident who pays or receives spousal support, you should know how the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act passed by Congress late last year and signed into law by President Trump on Dec. 22, 2017, affects your payments. As Market Watch explains, this new law eliminated the alimony deduction, a staple of divorce negotiations since the World War II era.

Spousal support to undergo tax change

Dividing assets and debts when getting divorced can be one of the hardest parts of coming to an agreement during a divorce for couples in Pennsylvania. This is in part related to how hard it can be to part with hard-earned assets but it may also be challenging as the decisions made may have serious tax implications for one or both parties. When it comes to evaluating the possibility of one person making spousal support payments to the other, these tax implications are about to change dramatically.

Do divorced women still need alimony?

This is one of the best times in history to be a woman in the United States. A mere century ago, women lacked the right to vote and were generally treated as property by their husbands. Now, women have the same legal rights as men and can be just as successful. Unfortunately, like many other women in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, you might still find yourself at a financial disadvantage after a divorce.

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