Tag Archives: Spousal Support

Marital Property is a property interest acquired between the date of marriage and final separation of husband and wife. Property is marital regardless of whether it is held in joint or individual names if acquired during this time period, unless it was acquired in exchange for pre-marital, gift or inherited property (non-marital or separate property).  […]



You may be making spousal maintenance payments to a soon-to-be former spouse or already divorced partner. Did you know that such payments can be claimed as a deduction on income in your income tax return? Alternatively, you might perhaps be receiving pre-divorce spousal support or alimony following your marital dissolution. Were you aware that incoming […]



Support awards may be enforced by contempt proceedings against the person failing to pay, by seizing assets to satisfy back-support, or by wage attachment. The court may also order the suspension of licenses for non-payment. Where support is paid according to a court order, a wage attachment is typically mandatory. Employers must comply with wage attachment orders, or contempt proceedings may be brought against them. Most forms of government payments to a person are also subject to attachment to pay support, but special rules apply in the case of veterans’ benefits; support may be obtained directly from the Veterans Administration. Tax refunds may be intercepted for the payment of past-due support. Where support is paid according to an agreement between parties, the agreement may be enforced under the Pennsylvania Divorce Code to the same extent as a court order. A person’s wages may not be garnished in an amount greater than fifty percent of the person’s wages. Agreements or orders entered in other states are similarly enforceable under the Code. Generally, support obligations are not dischargeable in bankruptcy. Alimony obligations may be enforced in the same



Spousal support, alimony pendente lite (support during the pendency of the divorce action) and alimony payments (support after the entry of the divorce decree) are treated as taxable income to the payee and deductible to the payor for tax purposes. However, child support payments are neither taxable income to the payee, nor tax deductible to the […]