Spousal Support (Alimony)
Preparing For Post-Divorce Financial Commitments
Spousal support (also known as alimony), is the ongoing financial support one ex-spouse is legally required to provide the other following the conclusion of the divorce process. In some cases, the spouses may agree to a payment plan, while in others the court may need to step in and order a payment plan if both parties cannot come to an agreement. An experienced family law attorney can help you prepare for and understand the entire process in order to secure the best possible outcome.
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Divorce can be a complicated and contentious process, and determining spousal support is often one of the most difficult portions to navigate. At Grossman Law Offices, our family law attorneys have spent decades providing individuals and families with the passionate and knowledgeable legal representation they require to secure the beneficial outcome they need to move on to the next phase of their lives. No matter how far along in the divorce process you may be, we are ready to help. Call us to speak with a member of our firm today.
How Will Courts Calculate Spousal Support (Alimony) Payments?
While there are no set guidelines for determining spousal support payments in Ohio, the law requires the courts to assume that both spouses contributed equally to the marriage, whether that contribution was financial or caring for their children and the home itself. Some of the factors courts will consider when determining the duration, manner, amount and type of payments include:
- Each spouse’s incomes, including any income generated by property.
- The earning ability of each spouse.
- How old each spouse is, and how healthy they are (emotionally, mentally and physically).
- Any retirement benefits each spouse will receive / receives.
- How long the marriage lasted.
- If either spouse will receive primary custody of any children, and whether or not that will affect their ability to work.
- The standard of living each spouse enjoyed during the marriage.
- The level of education each spouse earned.
- Any debts or assets each spouse owns.
- Whether or not either spouse helped the other earn an increased income, receive a professional degree, education or training during the marriage.
- How much it will cost and how long it will take either spouse to earn the job experience, training or education necessary to obtain sufficient employment following the divorce.
- Whether either spouse has a decreased earning ability because they acted as the homemaker during the marriage.
- How each spouse’s taxes will be affected by (Alimony).
- Any other factors the courts deem fair and relevant to consider.
How Long Will Spousal Support (Alimony) Payments Last?
The duration of spousal support (how long it will last) is extremely case-specific and can be one of the more complex issues to be addressed in your case. In cases where the marriage is of short duration, spousal support might only last as long as the case remains pending. The longer the marriage, the longer spousal support may last. In addition to determining the duration of spousal support, there are a number of possible circumstances that may cause spousal support to terminate earlier. It is important to examine and discuss the issue of spousal support in detail with an experience family law lawyer.
You Don’t Need To Face The Divorce Process Alone
While you may feel overwhelmed by your divorce, our Columbus family law lawyers at Grossman Law Offices are ready to help you prepare and navigate the divorce process. Whether you are still in the planning stages of filing for divorce or if you’re deep into the process, fill out our online form to send us the details of your case, or give us a call at (614) 344-4311 to discuss your case with a member of our firm today.