How is Spousal Support (“Alimony”) Determined in Ohio?

Your Dayton family lawyer can help you determine what amount of spousal support (sometimes referred to as alimony) you may pay or receive through a divorce or dissolution in Ohio.

To determine the amount and duration of spousal support, the Ohio domestic relations courts consider a number of factors. These factors include the income and relative earning potential of the parties, the ages and physical, mental and emotional conditions of the parties, the retirement benefits of the parties, the duration of the marriage, the extent to which it would be inappropriate for a party (because that party will be custodian of a minor child of the marriage) to seek employment outside the home, the standard of living of the parties (established during the marriage), the relative extent of the education of the parties, the relative assets and liabilities of the parties (including but not limited to any court-ordered payments by the parties), the contribution to the education, training or earning ability of the other party (including but not limited to, any party’s contribution to the acquisition of a professional degree of the other party), the time and expense necessary for the spouse who is seeking spousal support to acquire education, training, or job experience so that the spouse will be qualified to obtain appropriate employment (provided the education, training, or job experience is, in fact, sought), the tax consequences, for each party, of an award of spousal support, the lost income production capacity of either party that resulted from that party’s marital responsibilities, and any other factor that the court considers relevant and equitable. When determining whether spousal support is reasonable, and while determining the amount and terms of spousal support, the Court shall consider each party to have contributed equally to the production of marital income.

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