Spousal support, also known as alimony, provides financial support for a spouse with lower income after the marriage ends. When two people get married, their joint financial situation may justify a decrease in income or work for one spouse. The idea behind spousal support is to ensure this spouse is protected even when the finances are no longer shared.
14 Factors That Affect Spousal Support
The factors that lead to spousal support can vary greatly from each state. The following 14 factors, courtesy of Divorce Source, can affect the outcome of a spousal support case in Ohio:
- The income of both individuals, including income that resulted from property division during the divorce.
- The earning abilities of each individual.
- The physical, mental, and emotional state of each individual.
- The anticipated retirement benefits of each individual.
- The length of the marriage.
- The likelihood that the spouse with lower income can seek better employment.
- The standard of living that the individuals established and shared during the marriage.
- The education of each individual.
- The assets and liabilities of each individual, including court-ordered child support that resulted from the divorce.
- The contribution of each individual to the other’s education, training, or earning ability (such as obtaining a professional degree).
- The anticipated time and expense that the spouse with lower income would have to put forth to acquire higher income or furthered education.
- The tax consequences each individual would endure if they received spousal support.
- The income capacity that a spouse lost as a result of their marital responsibilities.
- Any other factor that the court finds to be relevant.
Ohio courts are anything but apathetic when it comes to determining who (if anyone) will receive spousal support and what amount of financial support is in the best interest of both individuals. An attorney can walk you through what to expect, whether you’re hoping to receive support or you’re asked to provide support for your ex-spouse.