The following words and phrases when used in this part shall have the meanings given to them in this section unless the context clearly indicates otherwise:

“Alimony.”  An order for support granted by this Commonwealth or any other state to a spouse or former spouse in conjunction with a decree granting a divorce or annulment.

“Alimony pendente lite.”  An order for temporary support granted to a spouse during the pendency of a divorce or annulment proceeding.

“Divorce.”  Divorce from the bonds of matrimony.

“Grounds for divorce.”  The grounds enumerated in section 3301 (relating to grounds for divorce).

“Irretrievable breakdown.”  Estrangement due to marital difficulties with no reasonable prospect of reconciliation.

“Qualified professionals.”  Includes marriage counselors, psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, ministers, priests, rabbis or other persons who, by virtue of their training and experience, are able to provide counseling.

“Separate and apart.”  Cessation of cohabitation, whether living in the same residence or not. In the event a complaint in divorce is filed and served, it shall be presumed that the parties commenced to live separate and apart not later than the date that the complaint was served.

“Spousal support.”  Care, maintenance and financial assistance.

2004 Amendment.  Act 175 amended the def. of “separate and apart.” Section 5(1) of Act 175 provided that the amendment shall apply to complaints served before, on or after the effective date of par. (1).