When a Dublin area couple is going through a divorce it can be a traumatic time for everyone. A divorce is a hard process for a person to go through and is often one of the most traumatic times of their lives. There are many details that need to be worked through in an Ohio divorce and one may be spousal support. There are two main types of spousal support in Ohio that we will review in this article.
Temporary and permanent spousal support
A court awards spousal support in a case-by-case basis. There is no formula for the calculation of spousal support. There are several factors that are considered and is most commonly awarded in marriages where there is a large disparity in income between the two spouses. Most of the time spousal support is temporary, awarded for a term of months or years, based on the length of the marriage. Spousal support may continue indefinitely in the cases of very long-term marriages (over 25 to 30 years).
Factors in determining spousal support
There are many factors the courts use in determining whether a person will be awarded spousal support. These may include:
- Both spouses’ incomes, education, and earning abilities.
- Ages and physical and mental condition of both spouses
- Duration of marriage
- Retirement benefits
- Whether one spouse raised the children.
- Assets and liabilities of each spouse.
- Each spouse’s contributions to the education, training and earning ability of the other.
- Any other factors the court may find relevant.
A legal professional who is skilled in divorce can help their client understand their options when it comes to spousal support. An attorney understands that their client may need spousal support in order to maintain their quality of life. They will make sure their client is taken care of both now and into the future.