Category: Spousal Support – APL

Spousal Support of Foreign Nationals – The I-864

April 30, 2015 | Spousal Support - APL

Icon for author Brian Vertz Brian Vertz

Back in 2012, I reported on a Pennsylvania Superior Court case, Love v. Love, in which Pennsylvania recognized a support obligation arising from sponsorship of a foreign national spouse.  Now, the ABA Family Law Quarterly has published an article, entitled “The I-864 Affidavit of Support: An Intro to the Immigration Form You Must Learn to Love/Hate,” examining Love and similar decisions around the United States.  As the article mentions, a […]

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Late-Stage Request for APL Denied Because Petitioner Delayed Divorce

July 06, 2013 | Court Decisions, Divorce, Spousal Support - APL

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In an unpublished opinion, the Superior Court affirmed a Fulton County decision denying alimony pendente lite (APL) to an unemployed husband who was accused of delaying the divorce. In DeSaulniers v. DeSaulniers, No. 1386 MDA 2012 (July 3, 2013), the husband and wife participated in master’s hearings to divide marital property in late 2010. A master’s report was issued in the spring 0f 2011. Husband filed exceptions, resulting in a remand […]

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Unsuccessful Defense of Support Obligation Affirmed

May 08, 2012 | Child Support, Legal Fees, Spousal Support - APL

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Three related issues were addressed by the Superior Court last month in SMC v. WPC, 2012 PA Super 92 (April 24, 2012). First, the Superior Court held that evidence of post-separation misconduct rising to the level of indignities is not sufficient to establish a defense to spousal support unless it sheds light upon similar misconduct prior to separation. More specifically, the Court affirmed a decision not to deny spousal support to […]

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