A Pennsylvania Court may grant reasonable alimony if it deems it necessary when considering: (1)The relative earnings and earning capacities of the parties; (2) The ages and the physical, mental and emotional conditions of the parties; (3) The sources of income of both parties, including, but not limited to, medical, retirement, insurance or other benefits; (4) The expectancies and inheritances of the parties; (5) The duration of the marriage; (6) The contribution by one party to the education, training or increased earning power of the other party;(7) The extent to which the earning power, expenses or financial obligations of a party will be affected by reason of serving as the custodian of a minor child;(8) The standard of living of the parties established during the marriage;(9) The relative education of the parties and the time
necessary to acquire sufficient education or training to enable the party seeking alimony to find appropriate employment;(10) The relative assets and liabilities of the parties; (11) The property brought to the marriage by either party; (12) The contribution of a spouse as homemaker; (13) The relative needs of the parties; (14) The marital abuse of one spouse toward the other during the marriage;(15) The Federal, State and local tax ramifications of the alimony award;(16) Whether the party seeking alimony lacks sufficient property to provide for the party's reasonable needs; and (17) Whether the party seeking alimony is incapable of self-support through appropriate employment. (Pennsylvania Statutes, Title 23 Chapter 3701)
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