Spousal Support in Ohio: A Look at Various Outcomes Achieved in Mediation

When I meet with someone for the first time regarding their divorce, I hear the same questions over and over - concerns 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 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.)

Related post: How much spousal support will I get?

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There is no spousal support calculator in Ohio. Thus, if awarded, the amount and/or the duration can all be somewhat subjective. That said, there are several 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 no one way to...

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Considering an alimony buyout? Here's what you need to know.

Spousal support (also known as alimony) is a hot-button issue for many of my divorcing clients.  Let's face it. Nobody wants to write a check to their former spouse every month. If you are the recipient, do you want to have to rely on ongoing support from your former spouse? That's why some consider a lump sum spousal support buyout rather than receiving it on an ongoing basis.

What is an alimony buyout?

A spousal support buyout is when the payor pays the spousal support obligation in one lump sum rather than paying it out over a period of time. It can be done with a cash payment from one party to the other, or it could be done through the division of marital property. In other words, one party agrees to give up a portion of their share of the marital assets instead of paying spousal support.

Why might a buyout of alimony be right for you?

Clients consider a buyout of their alimony obligations for a variety of reasons. In my practice, it is most commonly used when there is not...

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