Turner & O’Connell, Attorneys At Law

Serving Pennsylvania since 1984


Our lawyers solve difficult legal problems concerning bankruptcy, divorce, obtaining disability benefits, real estate and estate planning.

Effective Assistance With Child And Spousal Support

Many people going through divorce or separation are worried about how they will manage finances on their own, or how they will support their children on one income rather than two. Yet other people are worried about how they will pay current child support or spousal support payments in a tough economy, especially after a job loss or other financial problem.

At Turner & O’Connell, Attorneys at Law, our job is to eliminate the legal problems that you are worried about. Whether your concerns involve establishing, modifying or enforcing support, our family lawyers can help.

Establish, Modify Or Enforce Child Support

Our Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, child support attorneys can help you in establishing child support, whether in conjunction with your divorce, paternity action or related child custody matter. We help you understand Pennsylvania child support guidelines and how they apply to your unique financial situation.

  • Establish child support: Children have a right to be supported by both parents. The income of both parents, the number of children and certain other factors are used to calculate child support obligations.
  • Modify/Change child support: Circumstances may arise that make the existing child support arrangement insufficient for the party receiving support or too burdensome for the parent paying child support. If there is a significant change in financial circumstances, the court may approve a child support modification.
  • Enforce child support: Is the other parent refusing to pay child support? You can ask for the court’s help in child support enforcement. If the other parent is willfully refusing to pay support when he or she has the resources to pay it, the court may find the other parent in contempt.

Experienced Spousal Support Attorneys

Spousal support and alimony issues are not as cut and dried as one might think. There are various different types of financial support that the court might award, and it is not required that the court award any type of alimony or spousal support. It is determined on a case-by-case basis. Following are examples of the different types of spousal support and alimony in Pennsylvania:

  • Spousal support: Awarded to a financially dependent spouse after the parties are separated, but before any divorce petition has been filed
  • Alimony pendente lite (APL): Similar to spousal support, APL is a form of temporary support paid to one spouse in the period between the filing of the divorce petition and until the divorce is finalized
  • Alimony: Alimony refers to the support one party pays to the other after the divorce is finalized. There are three main types of alimony (permanent alimony, rehabilitative alimony and reimbursement alimony) that may be applicable depending on the unique circumstances of the case. Unless support is determined by agreement of the parties, the court considers a number of factors – including the property division arrangement – to determine the type of alimony, the amount that should be ordered and even if alimony should be awarded.

Our Dauphin County spousal support lawyers understand the laws in Pennsylvania and can help you present your position positively, whether you are seeking spousal support or alimony, or are contesting it.

Legal Help When You Need It

To schedule a free consultation with an experienced Harrisburg family law attorney, call our law firm at 717-232-4551 or send us an email.