Jana R. Barnett, Esq
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The Court may award alimony to be paid upon divorce if, and only if, it concludes that alimony is necessary.

There are seventeen (17) factors which the court must consider when determining  whether alimony is necessary and, if so, the nature, amount, duration and manner of payment of alimony.  The statute does not specify the weight to give these factors.

Alimony cannot be used to punish or reward the parties’ behavior.  Rather, it is intended to ensure that an individual’s reasonable needs are met if the person cannot support himself or herself through employment.  The spouse requesting alimony is expected to attempt to contribute to his or her economic well-being.

Once the person seeking alimony cohabits with a person of the opposite sex who is not a family member, the person loses a right to alimony.  The right does not revive when cohabitation ends.

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If you need assistance with a divorce matter, call Attorney Jana Barnett at 610/478-1860 or e-mail her, and she will reply as quickly as possible.