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Factors which determine spousal support

There are many factors you consider when you get a divorce in Ohio. You may not have thought about spousal support, though. At Kroener Hale Law Firm, we know it is important for couples to understand this part of the divorce proceedings.

Spousal support is not something you are automatically granted during a divorce. The Institute for Divorce Financial Analysts says that a judge usually decides whether or not it is necessary. One of the factors taken into consideration is financial need. To be awarded spousal support, you typically need to be economically self-sufficient. If you have recently inherited money or can live comfortably on your share of the marital assets, a judge may decide that you do not need financial assistance.

A judge also takes your age into consideration. If you are retired and did not have a job during your marriage, you may be given spousal support. Additionally, your health can sometimes be a factor. Disabilities may sometimes prevent you from working, and if you do not have a permanent source of income, a judge may decide you need financial asistance. The number of years you have been married also affects whether or not you are awarded spousal support. Typically, you are more likely to receive this financial support if you have been married for a long time and are close to retiring. If you have not been married long, you may only receive spousal support if you have children or are unable to work.

You may think that once a judge makes a decision about spousal support, this is a permanent arrangement. It can change, though, depending on your financial situation. More information about this subject can be found on our webpage.

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