One of the most challenging aspects of your divorce will be figuring out how to support yourself afterward. During your marriage, you may have depended on your spouse’s income completely – or as a substantial supplement to yours. Without it, you will likely fear for your ability to make ends meet. Yet, while you work toward self-sufficiency, you may qualify for spousal support in Ohio.
Factors that affect spousal support awards
You and your spouse may be parting on amicable terms. In this case, you might be able to determine your spousal support award together or with the help of a mediator. By doing so, you two will have complete control over its duration and value.
If you and your spouse cannot agree on spousal support, you must request it during divorce proceedings. After making your request, the court will weigh numerous factors to determine whether you will receive an award. These considerations include:
- The duration of your marriage
- Your marital standard of living
- Your spouse’s ability to provide you financial support
- You and your spouse’s earning abilities
- You and your spouse’s retirement benefits
- You and your spouse’s assets and liabilities, excluding other court-ordered payments
- Whether your marital responsibilities affected your earning ability
- Whether you need training or education to become self-sufficient
Types of spousal support in Ohio
Ohio recognizes two different types of spousal support – temporary and permanent. Based on your needs or your request, you may receive one or both. If you need help making ends meet during divorce proceedings, your spouse may be willing – or receive a court order – to provide you with temporary support. Any support you receive once your divorce finalizes qualifies as permanent support, even if it is short-term or ends at a fixed date.
Adjusting to life after divorce can be difficult, yet spousal support can ease the financial part of this transition. A family law attorney can help you work toward an award that provides you stability.