The Mazza Law Group, P.C.
2790 W. College Ave., Suite 800
State College, PA 16801 March 10, 2016
(814) 237-6255

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If you're searching for an attorney in State College, Pennsylvania, chances are you're going through a tough situation. You may feel like no one is on your side, especially if you are considering filing bankruptcy, have been charged with a criminal offense, or are filing or appealing a Social Security Disability claim. During this difficult time, you need someone you can trust.

At The Mazza Law Group, P.C., we understand your fears and concerns. Our firm dates back 57 years, and our attorneys have the experience needed to help you. We will be by your side every step of the way, protecting your rights and working toward the best outcome for you. We take pride in considering ourselves your lawyers, your neighbors, and your friends.

Legal matters are often confusing and complicated, requiring experience and strategy to successfully resolve. With a highly respected and experienced attorney behind you, you can rest easy knowing that your case is in good hands. The experienced attorneys at The Mazza Law Group, P.C. in State College, Pennsylvania to protect your rights.

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Hannah Jolie

5 out of 5 stars

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Other firms might tell you to do something just to keep you in court longer or to get more money from you. The Mazza Law Group was honest and upfront. They genuinely had my best interest in heart and saved me money.

Martin Eastwood
Martin Eastwood

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 year ago

I've been working with the Mazza Law Group, P.C. for several months and they always email me regular updates to keep me informed. If I am ever unsure or have a question, I can email and they get right back to me. I absolutely recommend them for a law firm in PA.

Keith Ingram
Keith Ingram

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 year ago

I've been working with The Mazza Law Group since about 2012 and can't think of one thing that they could improve. Highly recommended.

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Alimony, Spousal Support and the Entitlement Defense

In divorce proceedings, one spouse often seeks to receive alimony or spousal support from the other.  What is the difference?  Alimony can be provided in a final divorce decree to the spouse with lower income and fewer assets.  In contrast, spousal support can be ordered by the Court after a divorce complaint has been filed and while the divorce is pending.  The most obvious difference is that alimony may be a long-term or permanent, post-divorce payment.  Spousal support is temporary, while a divorce is ongoing.

In more-or-less the same temporary situation as spousal support, after the married couple has separated and divorce proceedings have begun, the spouse can ask the Court to order alimony pendente lite, or “APL.”.  Like spousal support, the individual in a more difficult financial position wants to maintain the same standard of living as the couple achieved during the marriage.  Spousal support and APL may not be received at the same time.

When requesting spousal support, the husband or wife with lower income and earning capacity needs to demonstrate that they deserve spousal support simply based on the financial circumstances. This fact is usually evident from the employment information such pay statements and tax returns.   When contesting the request for support, there is a defense known as “entitlement.”  If it can be shown that the expected recipient has conducted himself or herself in a way that would constitute grounds for a fault-based divorce, they may not be entitled to spousal support.

The majority of divorce decrees are issued on ‘no-fault’ grounds, when the relationship has broken down to the point that the parties should not remain a couple based on their differences.   Divorces can also occur on the fault-based allegation that misconduct by one party caused the marriage to end.  If it is the fault of one party that the divorce is being sought, that party may not be entitled to spousal support.  Fault-based grounds for divorce include adultery, desertion, and cruelty.  For all of the grounds for divorce, see 23 Pa.C.S. 3301    The spouse who is innocent may be able to successfully argue that the individual who caused the marriage to end should not be entitled to spousal support.  The entitlement defense does not apply to child support.

To learn more about alimony and spousal support and related defenses, contact an experienced family law attorney at the Mazza Law Group, P.C.

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