Couples enter a marriage believing it will last for the rest of their lives. Each contributes different things to the marriage and the home, based on what they need as a couple. They build a life together, not separately.
If the marriage ends, the issue of alimony, also referred to as “spousal support,” can be complicated, contentious, and stressful. While divorce is the end of a marriage, it is also the beginning of a new chapter of your life.
If you are considering filing for divorce, have started the process, or have been served divorce papers, Heckert & Moreland Co., LPA can help you navigate spousal support. Using our experience and resources, we offer comprehensive representation in all matters of divorce and alimony. We proudly represent clients in Columbus, Ohio as well as neighboring communities throughout Central Ohio. Call us today for a consultation.
Overview of Alimony in Ohio
Alimony is a court-ordered payment one spouse pays the other during the divorce process or for a period after the divorce is final. Who pays alimony, if either spouse, depends on income and resources, not gender. According to MarketWatch, 45% of matrimonial attorneys in a 2018 survey noted an increase in women paying alimony.
There are two types of spousal support in Ohio:
- Temporary support may be awarded during the divorce process and ends when the court issues a final order of support or the divorce decree. Temporary support is usually awarded to the lower income-earning spouse who is unable to financially support themselves during the divorce process.
- Permanent support may be awarded for a short period of time following the court’s issuance of the divorce decree, or for a longer-term if the court deems it necessary. Permanent support is designed to provide financial support to a spouse who will need time and perhaps additional training to be able to support themselves. It might also be awarded if one spouse is disabled, elderly, or otherwise unable to work. The court will choose the ending date for permanent support or revisit the issue should circumstances change.
Support ends upon the death of the paying spouse or by court order. It also typically ends upon the remarriage or cohabitation of the receiving spouse.
Who is Entitled to Alimony?
A spouse must demonstrate the need for alimony, and the other spouse must have the financial ability to pay it. Although the court may award alimony to a spouse in a brief marriage, it is more likely to be awarded in longer-term marriages.