Pursuant to 23 Pa.C.S. Section 3701, the Court may award alimony, “as it deems reasonable,” if it finds that alimony is necessary. The Court looks at 17 factors to assist it in making the determination if alimony is necessary; and, if so, the nature, amount, duration, and manner of the payment of alimony.
Here are a few of the factors:
(1) The relative earnings and earning capacities of the parties.
(5) The duration of the marriage.
(10) The relative assets and liabilities of the parties.
(11) The property brought to the marriage by either party.
(14) The marital misconduct of either of the parties during the marriage. The marital misconduct of either of the parties from the date of final separation shall not be considered by the court in its determinations relative to alimony except that the court shall consider the abuse of one party by the other party. As used in this paragraph, “abuse” shall have the meaning given to it under section 6102 (relating to definitions).
(17) Whether the party seeking alimony is incapable of self-support through appropriate employment.
According to the article, marital misconduct plays a role, a small role (1 of 17 factors), in the determination regarding alimony.
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