When I meet with someone for the first time regarding their divorce, I hear the same questions over and over. Questions that are keeping people up at night and adding to the stress of the divorce. They are questions such as, "Can I afford to keep the house?" and "How will I get health insurance?"
These are all common fears in a divorce mediation in Ohio and they all revolve around money. When it comes to negotiating the divorce settlement, one of the stickiest issues addressed is spousal support. (Spousal support is also known as alimony or spousal maintenance in some areas.)
There is no formula to determine spousal support in Ohio. Thus, if it is awarded, the amount and/or the duration can all be fairly subjective. That said, there are a number of considerations detailed in Ohio law. You can read about them here.
Sometimes clients ask me what other people do when it comes to spousal support in Ohio. There truly is not one way to handle it. In fact, the creative spousal...
If your spouse is the primary earner, you're probably very concerned about how you're going to make ends meet after your divorce. Can you afford to stay in the house? Can you cover all of your bills? Will you have to get another job?
In fact, it's one of the most common questions I get - is there alimony in Ohio? Am I eligible? How much spousal support will I get? How long will I get it for?
It's also one of the most emotionally charged topics we deal with in divorce. For the one who needs alimony, they are depending on it to maintain their standard of living. On the flip side, do you really want to depend on your ex after your divorce is final?
If you are the primary earner, you're probably wondering if you'll have to pay spousal support. If so, how much and for how long? It would be easy to say, "The state provides a simple calculation." In Ohio, that isn't the case. Because there is no formula, it's a very gray area that is negotiated in every case.