What is Alimony Pendedelenteeaa? (aka What is Alimony Pendente Lite?)

By Matthew T. Hovey, Esquire Alimony pendente lite, which stands for alimony pending litigation, can be quite a mouthful for clients.  Unfortunately, the confusion surrounding alimony pendente lite does not stop with its pronunciation!  While alimony pendente lite, or APL, is a complicated subject, it is important to have a basic understanding of this form … Continue reading What is Alimony Pendedelenteeaa? (aka What is Alimony Pendente Lite?)

In Pennsylvania, Can I Voluntarily Move Out Without “Abandoning” or “Deserting” My Spouse?

By Matthew T. Hovey, Esquire Potential clients often call in and want to know: my marriage is over, but we still live together -- can I move out or will that be abandonment or desertion?  This is a legitimate concern for many spouses faced with a divorce.  They fear being penalized for acknowledging that the … Continue reading In Pennsylvania, Can I Voluntarily Move Out Without “Abandoning” or “Deserting” My Spouse?

Child Support: Wages/Salary v. Earning Capacity

By Matthew T. Hovey, Esquire In making a determination for an award of Child Support, with respect to a party’s work income, you can get the Court to consider more than the person’s wages or salary. According to Pennsylvania Rule of Civil Procedure 1910.16-2(d)(4): “Ordinarily, either party to a support action who willfully fails to … Continue reading Child Support: Wages/Salary v. Earning Capacity