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What can affect alimony payments?

If you are divorced and were ordered by an Ohio court to pay alimony, it is important to understand the different rules surrounding spousal support. Changes in your life or the life of your ex-spouse could change your alimony requirements. The Ohio Bar Association notes that the courts generally handle alimony on a case-by-case basis but the law does specify certain situations that could affect it.

To being, alimony is always based on income. A husband or wife could receive it depending on who earns more and the financial set up of the marriage. If you have equal incomes, then alimony is not likely to be awarded. How long you were married may also be a factor with shorter marriages not qualifying for alimony orders.

There are no hard fast laws about figuring the amount of alimony. However, judges typically look at wages and expenses. They may also look into the standard of living, education and earning potentials. The length of time support is paid also varies because there is no rule. Often judges will set the length based on the number of years you were married. 

Many times, judges include stipulations in the spousal support order that will end the payments early. For example, if you are paying support and your ex remarries or lives with a romantic partner, the judge may declare you no longer have to pay alimony. Keep in mind, though, each case is determined on its own merits and is very dependent on the judge. This information is educational and is not intended to be taken as legal advice. 

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