The two types of spousal support in Ohio

On Behalf of | Aug 11, 2021 | Divorce |

For many couples in Ohio that are going through a divorce, the topic of alimony often comes up. Spousal support is something that is worked through in a divorce and a person may wonder if it will be awarded. There are two types of spousal support in Ohio that may be awarded during the divorce proceedings.

Temporary spousal support

Temporary spousal support occurs while a divorce is pending or in process. A person may be awarded spousal support while the divorce is in process, and it may not continue once the divorce is finalized. The court will base temporary spousal support on the monthly income each spouse earns and other resources that are available for each spouse. All of this may be calculated differently in arrangements for permanent spousal support.

Permanent spousal support

This agreement involves a monthly payment or a one-time transfer of assets. Permanent spousal support does not mean that the payments last forever but that the judge’s decision is final. One of the parties may request a change in a separate proceeding afterward. Some factors the courts use to determine spousal support include:

  • Duration of marriage
  • Income
  • Earning abilities
  • Retirement benefits
  • Assets and liabilities
  • Age of each spouse

A legal professional who is skilled in divorce can help their client understand spousal support in Ohio. An attorney can create compelling arguments to help their client receive the financial support and security they deserve. They can use forensic accounts if necessary to verify the true income of both spouses and use their assessment to assist in determining a fair amount. An attorney understands how important spousal support may be for their client and will work hard to make sure they receive a fair amount.