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Understanding spousal support in Ohio: when does an ex-spouse qualify?

On Behalf of | Jun 20, 2024 | Alimony

In Ohio, spousal support (also known as alimony) is money that a court may order one spouse to pay to the other after they divorce. This support is meant to help a spouse who relied on the other financially during the marriage. Here’s a clear breakdown of when spousal support might apply in Ohio:

Length of marriage matters

One of the key factors considered in determining spousal support in Ohio is the duration of the marriage. In general, longer marriages are more likely to lead to spousal support awards, especially if one spouse earned significantly less, took care of children or managed the household full-time.

Income disparity

Another critical factor is the income disparity between the spouses. If one spouse earns much more than the other and the lower-earning spouse doesn’t have enough property or assets to meet their reasonable needs, spousal support may be necessary. The court will review each spouse’s income, ability to earn, and financial resources to decide on a fair arrangement.

Standard of living during marriage

The standard of living established during the marriage also plays a role. If one spouse can’t maintain a similar standard of living after divorce due to financial constraints, spousal support may be needed to help fill that gap. You may want to seek advice from an experienced family law attorney if you’re going through a divorce in Ohio and have questions about spousal support.

Spousal support eligibility

Spousal support in Ohio aims to ensure fairness and financial stability after divorce by considering various factors to determine eligibility. Understanding these criteria helps divorcing couples navigate spousal support with clarity and foresight.

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