Alimony, also known as spousal support, is a contentious issue in divorce cases.
If you are getting a divorce, it is helpful to understand how Ohio courts determine alimony in a divorce case.
Factors considered in alimony determination
Ohio courts consider several factors when determining alimony in a divorce case. These factors include the length of the marriage, the income and earning capacity of each spouse, the age and health of each spouse, the standard of living during the marriage, the contributions of each spouse to the marriage, including homemaking and child-rearing, the education and training of each spouse and the tax consequences of the alimony award.
Types of alimony
Ohio law recognizes different types of alimony, including temporary, permanent and rehabilitative alimony. The court awards temporary alimony during the divorce proceedings to provide support until the courts make a final decision. The courts award Permanent alimony after the divorce is final and provides ongoing support to the recipient’s spouse. Rehabilitative alimony helps the recipient spouse become self-sufficient through education or job training.
Ohio courts do not have a set formula for calculating alimony, and the amount and duration of alimony will vary depending on the circumstances of the case. The court considers the factors listed above and any other relevant factors to determine a fair and reasonable alimony award.
Knowing the different types of alimony and how the court calculates spousal support awards can help you navigate this important issue during your divorce. This information can also help ensure you get the amount you deserve.