Spousal Support in Ohio

Divorce lawyers in Cincinnati deal with a wide variety of issues, but one that surfaces frequently is the subject of spousal support, commonly known as alimony.

Every state has its own laws regarding spousal support after a divorce. Here in Ohio, there are two types of alimony recognized under law: permanent spousal support and temporary spousal support.

Temporary Spousal Support

Temporary spousal support occurs while a divorce is in process, or pending. A spouse may be awarded temporary spousal support while the court proceedings are underway, and before the proceedings begin. Such an arrangement does not mean that spousal support will continue once the divorce is finalized.

Permanent Spousal Support

Permanent spousal support goes into effect after the divorce becomes final. A spousal support agreement could involve monthly payments or a one-time transfer of assets. In the case, “permanent” does not mean that alimony continues forever. It merely means that it is the judge’s lasting and ultimate decision. One of the parties may, however, request a change to the permanent spousal support order in a separate proceeding afterward, presuming the court specifically retains jurisdiction to modify spousal support.

When divorce lawyers work on such cases, it is with the understanding that judges determine these orders with considerations specific to each situation. Every spousal support order is ultimately unique.

Unless the parties agreed, the judge will determine which of the parties will pay spousal support, if at all. The judge will also decide the length of the spousal support order.

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