Spousal support can be ordered on a temporary, short -term, or long-term basis depending on the judge's review of the various factors involved in the case. Temporary orders are given for the duration of the divorce, and theses may be adjusted after the final decree. Short-term orders are often known for helping spouses get "back on their feet". They may be awarded for several months or years to get training or take advantage of educational opportunities that will allow one spouse to become self-supporting. More permanent spousal support orders can provide for the distribution of funds until the recipient passes away, remarries, or cohabitates with another individual. The court also retains the right to review the case and amend orders if needed.
Judge's reviewing requests for spousal support will consider the length of the marriage, the contributions of each spouse to the marriage, the existence of other support mechanisms that the requesting party might have, and whether one party missed out on working or educational opportunities that may have provided stronger self-support for that individual.
I work with my clients to answer all of your questions and develop a strategy that will work for you. I recognize that post-divorce finances can be a big gray area for many individual who are dependent on their spouse's income and I will provide you with a comprehensive consultation for your case.
Many clients that have questions about spousal support have similar needs, such as:
Living in a marriage where you are dependent on the other spouse's income can be problematic when it comes to getting a divorce. Divorce presents a variety of adjustments to your life, but it can be especially difficult to get used to your new financial situation without the financial support of alimony (or as it is called in Ohio, "spousal support"). Spousal support can allow you to maintain the lifestyle you became accustomed to during your marriage.
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