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3 things to know about alimony in Ohio

If you are considering divorce, you may be concerned about how you will support yourself once you and your husband separate. Perhaps you have only worked part-time while your husband was the main breadwinner during your marriage. Or, maybe you gave up your career to raise the kids and now that they are all adults, you know it will be a struggle to reenter the workforce after twenty years.

If you have found yourself in a similar situation, your concerns about your ability to support yourself and maintain a reasonable standard of living are very valid. Fortunately, you might be able to receive alimony as part of your divorce settlement. In general, alimony, or spousal support, are payments that one spouse makes to a former spouse so that the former spouse does not suffer a great economic disadvantage due to the divorce or separation. If you live in the Cincinnati area, an Ohio divorce court will make a ruling on whether or not your spouse must provide you with alimony based on various factors.

Factors the court considers

When reaching a decision regarding alimony, the court will consider a number of factors in order to determine the amount of alimony you will receive and the length of time you should receive it. Some of these factors include the income of both you and your husband, your relative earning power, any retirement benefits you already are receiving or will receive in the future, the length of the marriage and even your ages and mental and physical conditions.

Modifying alimony

Typically, there are two reasons why the court might modify an alimony order. The first is that there is a change in the economic situation of one or both parties. For example, if you husband involuntarily begins to earn substantially less income or there is a major increase in his medical expenses, the court might lower the alimony he must pay you. On the other hand, if your situation changes and you have increased expenses or your earnings fall, then the court might order him to pay more. Another reason for a modification is if your original divorce decree contains a provision that the alimony must be modified.

Duration of alimony

The length of time that you will receive alimony depends on what the court deems to be a reasonable amount of time. If you are receiving alimony due to a temporary order, such as during the separation, then the order will expire when the court finalizes your divorce.

If you are considering divorce, it is important to take steps to protect your assets and fight for what you deserve. This could include how to divide the marital assets and securing your rights to alimony payments.

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