Because child support is calculated in according to a statute, it is always best to consult an attorney prior to filing or attending a support hearing. Having representation can either save you money if you are the high wage earning spouse or raise the obligation if you are the custodial parent. Unless you are trained to know deductions or exceptions to the statute, you may wish you had counsel once it is too late.
you are contemplating a divorce or considering filing for child support, the
experienced attorneys at Myers Law Group, LLC are able to walk you through the
process and stand up to fight for you financial well-being and that of your
Alimony Pendente Lite or APL is support paid to a
financially dependent spouse during the litigation. APL may be payable until
the divorce decree is entered and equitable distribution has been resolved by
the parties or through court action. APL is there to allow both spouses to
support themselves and hire an attorney while the divorce action is pending.
APL is awarded in an attempt to put both parties on equal footing, therefore,
even if the spouse seeking APL has committed adultery or one of the other
grounds for a fault based divorce, they may be entitled to Alimony Pendente
If you find yourself in a situation in which
you are contemplating a divorce and think you or your spouse may file a claim
for APL you should contact an attorney to discuss your options, as they can
help guide you through the process.
Alimony is the money paid to a financially dependent
spouse after the divorce decree is finalized and equitable distribution is
resolved through the court or an agreement. In determining alimony, the court
will consider both parties' income and the assets they were awarded during
equitable distribution among other things. Alimony is awarded to a spouse only
when they cannot meet their reasonable financial needs and their former spouse
has not only the ability to meet their own reasonable needs but also the
ability to assist the financially dependent spouse. Alimony is most commonly
awarded in situations in which the marriage was long-term, one spouse suffers from
a physical or mental disability, there is a great disparity in income, or when
one spouse was the primary caretaker for minor children not yet in school.
There are three types of alimony a party can receive:
Unless the parties agree, it is up to the
court's discretion to award alimony. If you find yourself in a situation in
which you are contemplating a divorce and think you or your spouse may file a
claim for alimony you should contact an attorney to discuss your options, as
they can help guide you through the process.