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  •  In PA, there is no alimony, only child support (1+ / 0-)
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    Now I have heard of cases here in PA where a separated spouse can request temporary alimony until the divorce is final. But most of the time, it is really just child support prior to the final divorce decree.

    •  I knew a couple where the woman (5+ / 0-)

      had been a stay at home mom for 35 years when he divorced her for the young thing at the office.  The kids were grown so there was no child support.  I personally feel he should pay alimony forever.  His religion kept her at home, submissive, with him balancing the check book, etc.  Then when he decides his libido is more important than his religion, he dumps her without the skills to fend for herself.  

      So, I think alimony should be an option.  At least for a period of time in which the stay-at-home parent/partner [re]establishes him/herself in a career.  Businessmen who want their wives to be country club/hostess wives and not career women, shouldn't get to dump them back into subsistence living if/when they trade in for a new model.

      Both wage earners? each able to be self-supporting?  sure, alimony isn't necessary.  But when one has given up wages, especially at the request of the other, some re-building time is only fair.

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