Cincinnati Alimony Attorneys
Understanding Ohio’s Spousal Support Laws
In Ohio, alimony (also known as “spousal support”) may be awarded to one spouse in the event of a dissolution of marriage or divorce. The receiving spouse then receives regular alimony payments from the paying spouse for a certain duration of time. The amount and duration of spousal support can be agreed upon by both spouses in dissolution of marriage proceedings, or it can be ordered by a judge in a divorce. Spousal support can be either temporary or permanent, though permanent spousal support is relatively rare.
At Greene & O’Malley Attorneys at Law, our Cincinnati alimony attorneys can assist you whether you are the receiving or paying spouse. We have extensive experience navigating the Ohio domestic law system on behalf of our clients; our team provides high-end legal representation for clients throughout Southern Ohio.
How Is Alimony Calculated in Ohio?
There are myriad factors involved in calculating alimony in Ohio. Every situation is unique, and state courts take this into account when handing down a spousal support order.
When the court calculates alimony, it generally weighs the following factors:
- The length of the marriage (alimony is not ordered in marriages less than five years in length)
- The income of both spouses
- Any income generated from property divided in the divorce
- The earning ability (education, skill level, etc.) of both spouses
- The standard of living established during the marriage
- The ability of either spouse to pay
- Whether or not there are children and, if so, which spouse has primary custody
- The retirement benefits of both spouses (if any)
- The assets and debts of both spouses
- Whether either spouse helped the other obtain education/a degree, professional training, etc.
- Whether or not there is a prenuptial agreement detailing a prearranged alimony agreement
This list is not exhaustive; in most cases, the court will examine all applicable factors when making a decision regarding alimony in a divorce. It is a good idea to have an attorney on your side who can represent your best interests and ensure your rights are protected.
Helping You Find a Personalized Divorce Solution
If you and your spouse are able to agree upon all aspects of your separation, including alimony, you may file for dissolution of marriage, rather than divorce. This is often a less costly and less time-consuming process; however, it is not always possible.
At Greene & O’Malley Attorneys at Law, we can assist you whether you wish to work with your spouse to arrange an alimony agreement that suits your situation or if no such agreement can be reached and you need representation during divorce proceedings. Our Cincinnati alimony lawyers have considerable experience and have helped numerous clients achieve favorable resolutions to even the toughest of family law matters.
Call our office at (859) 594-7730 to discuss your needs with an attorney at our firm.
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