Divorce creates uncertainty. You do not know when it will be over, your living arrangements or how you will pay your bills. Uncertainty about your finances is particularly stressful.
Ohio is an equitable distribution state. Your assets are divided equitably, though not necessarily evenly. If you have not worked outside of the home or your spouse makes significantly more money, the court may award you spousal support.
Temporary or permanent support
Spousal support can be temporary or permanent. Temporary support is awarded during the divorce to help ease the transition. Permanent support may not last forever, and it starts after the divorce is final.
When determining whether you qualify for spousal support, the court examines several factors. These may include:
- Spouse’s incomes
- Partner’s earning abilities
- Your age and health
- Length of marriage
- Whether one spouse has primary child custody
- Assets, including retirement benefits
- One spouse was a homemaker
- One partner helped the other get an education
- Tax implications
Support is paid several ways
If the court awarded you spousal support, you may receive a lump sum or installments paid monthly or some other interval. Permanent support can be ordered to last for a few years or indefinitely.
Grounds for termination or modification
Support is terminated if either one of you passes away or if you remarry. It can also be modified if one of you has a significant increase or decrease in income. If you start to live with another love interest, this may also be grounds to modify spousal support.