When your Ohio marriage ends, you may wonder what life is going to look like once you and your former partner go your separate ways. You may feel particularly concerned with the financial aspects of divorce if you have been out of the workforce for quite some time, or if you are closing in on the age of retirement.
Per Ohio’s Legislative Service Commission, the state’s family courts consider a particular set of variables when deciding whether you should receive spousal support in your divorce. Some of these variables are as follows.
The income and earning potential of both parties
Courts consider you and your spouse’s income levels and employability when deciding whether to award spousal support. All sources of income undergo consideration. However, if there is notable variation between income levels and the earning potential of each party, an award of spousal support becomes more likely. Courts may also consider whether you or your spouse has the ability to get additional education or training to become more employable.
The contributions each party makes to the marriage
Courts also weigh whether one of you made educational or professional sacrifices for the sake of the other. For example, if you stayed home while your children were young while your spouse built a successful career, this may help determine if you receive spousal support.
The standard of living you currently have
The standard of living you came to enjoy during your marriage and whether you have the ability to maintain it without your partner, or vice versa, may also help determine spousal support arrangements.
These are some of the variables Ohio courts weigh when making decisions about spousal support. However, other areas of relevance may also come into play.