Cincinnati divorce law defines spousal support as any payment made to a former spouse for his or her sustenance. Also known as alimony spousal support may be one of the most contentious issues in any divorce, and one that will require the assistance of an experienced divorce lawyer.
Cincinnati divorce lawyer John Heilbrun has over 35 years of experience helping people determine if they are entitled to receive alimony. He can assess your situation and help you receive spousal support as part of your divorce settlement or, when necessary, fight for spousal support in a trial setting. In the alternative, he can help you avoid having to pay spousal support, or lessen the time you will be required to pay.
Qualifications for spousal support are defined in Ohio code 3105.18. According to the code, “In determining whether spousal support is appropriate and reasonable, and in determining the nature, amount, and terms of payment, and duration of spousal support, which is payable either in gross or in installments, the court shall consider all of the following factors:”
- Income from all sources, including, but not limited to, income derived from property division during divorce
- Relative earning abilities including relative education
- Ages and the physical, mental, and emotional conditions
- Retirement benefits
- Duration of the marriage
- The extent to which spouses caring for minor children can seek employment out of the home
- The standard of living established during the marriage
- Relative assets and liabilities including any court-ordered payments
- The contribution of each party to the education, training, or earning ability 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
- 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
- Any other factor that the court expressly finds to be relevant and equitable
For more information on your right to seek alimony in the Cincinnati, Ohio area, please contact the Law Office of John Heilbrun to schedule an appointment at our Hyde Park or Blue Ash office today.