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How Am I Going To Be Able To Make Ends Meet With This Spousal Support?

Ohio law defines spousal support as “any payment . . to be made to a spouse or former spouse . . that is both for sustenance and for support of the spouse . .”

No guideline spousal support formula exists as it does for child support. Ohio law states that in determining whether spousal support is “appropriate and reasonable, and in determining the nature, amount, and terms of payment, and duration of spousal support,” the Court shall consider all of the following factors:

1. The income of the parties;

2. The relative earning abilities of the parties;

3. The ages and the physical, mental, and emotional conditions of the parties;

4. The retirement benefits of the parties;

5. The duration of the marriage;

6. The impact of a minor child on seeking employment outside the home;

7. The standard of living of the parties established during the marriage;

8. The relative extent of education of the parties;

9. The relative assets and liabilities of the parties;

10. The contribution of each party to the education, training, or earning ability of the other party;

11. The time and expense necessary to acquire education, training, or job experience;

12. The tax consequences, for each party, of an award of spousal support;

13. The lost income production capacity due to marital responsibilities;

14. Any other factor that the Court expressly finds to be relevant and equitable.

Based on each Court’s, Judge’s and Magistrate’s interpretation of these factors, the determination of spousal support tends to be one of the most unpredictable aspects of any litigated divorce or dissolution negotiation.

You need a skilled and experienced family law lawyer to assist you in determining what is “reasonable and appropriate” spousal support, call Christopher M. Alexander at (513) 228 – 1100, mobile (513) 226 – 8489, or online at

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