Spousal support or “alimony” is a payment made by one divorced spouse to another in order to provide the receiving spouse the financial support they need to maintain their standard of living. While spousal support is not always awarded in divorce cases, the issue can be especially contentious.
If spousal support is an issue in your divorce, or you are looking to modify an existing spousal support order, a Warren, Ohio family lawyer Adam Hunt can help. Contact Hunt Law now to discuss your case and get the assistance you need.
There are two different types of alimony. Temporary alimony may be ordered while a divorce is pending. For example, if one partner is a stay at home parent, temporary alimony could be decreed to support them as the divorce proceeds. However, temporary alimony doesn’t necessarily guarantee that the judge will order permanent alimony.
Permanent alimony can take on a few different forms, including monthly payments, a lump sum payment, or the awarding of additional marital property to one spouse. Permanent alimony orders will remain in place until the time outlined in the order, or until one spouse petitions for a modification.
The primary factors that determine the need for alimony and spousal support include:
Alimony is not always awarded. In cases where both spouses have about the same income, judges typically do not order spousal support. Alimony is also generally decided after marital property division in Ohio, because income-producing property may affect the financial situation of both spouses.
Most spousal support orders allow for modification due to a “change in circumstances,” such as a significant change in income, changes in living expenses and medical expenses, and other such substantial life changes.
Modifications are not retroactive. If you believe that your spousal support order should be modified, you should speak with a family lawyer as soon as possible. Attorney Adam Hunt can help. Contact our Warren, OH spousal support attorney today to discuss your case.
Alimony usually is equal to a year of support for each 3 years of the marriage. If a marriage lasts 20+ years, the judge may order indefinite alimony with no termination date, however, spousal support is typically not awarded at all for marriages that last less than 5 years.
Depending on the situation, the judge may also set the spousal support order for a period of time long enough for one spouse to obtain education or training, such as ordering alimony while the dependent spouse goes to college or trade school.
At Hunt Law, we have confidence in your case. Adam Hunt is an experienced family lawyer and has helped other clients just like you navigate issues related to spousal support. Contact us online or call today at (330) 469-9836 to schedule a consultation and get the help you need as you go through the spousal support process.