Protecting Your Financial Well-Being During And After Your Divorce
When a couple is going through a divorce, one of the primary concerns is money. DeBra Law, LLC, can help you reach a fair marital property settlement, as well as address any spousal support concerns. Whether you are seeking financial support or being asked to pay, our skilled spousal support attorney can help you understand your legal options and work toward a solution that meets your needs.
Understanding Spousal Support In Ohio
Spousal support, also called alimony, refers to payments that are made by one spouse to the other during and sometimes after a divorce. The purpose of spousal support is to help the lower-income-earning spouse maintain a similar standard of living that he or she enjoyed during the marriage.
The court is ultimately responsible for determining whether spousal support is necessary, how much will be awarded and the duration of the payment.
All support decisions are made on a case-by-case basis and depend on multiple factors, including:
- The length of the marriage
- The income and earning capacity of both spouses
- The age of both parties
- The physical and mental health of each spouse
- The standard of living established during the marriage
- The assets and liabilities of both parties
- The education level of both spouses
- The retirement benefits of each spouse
Types Of Support And Their Duration
Ohio divides alimony into two separate categories: temporary and permanent. Temporary alimony is a short-term payment awarded to one spouse while a divorce is pending. It comes to an end when the divorce is finalized.
Permanent spousal support begins when the divorce is complete. Although the name may suggest a long-term payment, this type of support order can be either long-term or short-term. While the duration of this type of alimony is determined based on the couple’s circumstances, courts often order one year of spousal support per every three years of marriage.
Ready To Fight For Fair Spousal Support
DeBra Law, LLC, is an established and respected family law firm serving clients throughout Greater Cincinnati. With over a decade of experience, our divorce attorney has the knowledge and skills to advocate strongly on your behalf. When you hire us, we keep you well-informed about the status of your case as we work to protect your interest and achieve your goals.