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Types of spousal support in Ohio

One of the most challenging parts of navigating a divorce is figuring out finances immediately and into the future.

While some divorces mean a one-time split of assets, others include spousal support. Often, these negotiations can feel stressful and difficult for both parties.

Here’s what you should know about spousal support in Ohio and how it gets calculated.

How do courts decide if someone needs spousal support?

Ohio has replaced the term alimony with spousal support. The function of spousal support is, in many cases, the same. Still, spousal support removes some of the stereotypes that came with alimony.

When a court decides that someone should receive spousal support, they look at the income and resources of both spouses. While gender used to be a factor, it is no longer part of the consideration for spousal support in Ohio.

How long does spousal support last?

Courts will award spousal support on either a temporary or permanent basis. Temporary support lasts while the divorce is pending. Still, the final divorce agreement could include permanent spousal support, depending on your situation.

When it comes to spousal support, permanent simply means longer than temporary. Permanent spousal support can have a specific end date or terminate when certain conditions are met. For example, some spousal support agreements end when a spouse gets remarried.

How do courts decide how much spousal support someone will receive?

Determining spousal support is a complex decision. While some states apply a formula, Ohio looks at 14 factors to decide if spousal support is appropriate, how long it should last and how much support a spouse should receive. The factors include:

  • Duration of the marriage
  • Earning capabilities of both spouses
  • The physical, mental and emotional health of both parties
  • Standard of living during the marriage
  • Education and experience of both parties

The court will look at all 14 factors and the specific situation of you and your spouse. In this way, courts can tailor a solution that is more likely to fit your situation.