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Spousal support (formerly known as alimony) is a payment from one spouse to the other for their sustenance and support when spouses are living apart or have been divorced. Spousal support may take the form of real or personal property or both. Spousal support may be in the form of a lump sum payment of money or periodic installments.

    Ohio’s spousal support statute provides a list of factors to be considered by the court. Some of these factors include
  • Income of the spouses
  • Relative earning abilities of the spouses
  • Ages of the spouses
  • Physical, mental and emotional conditions of the spouses
  • Length of the marriage
  • Standard of living during the marriage
  • The extent to which it would be inappropriate for the custodian of the children to seek employment outside of the home
  • Education of the spouses
  • Lost income production capacity of either spouse that resulted from their marital responsibilities

Unlike child support, there is no defined formula in Ohio for determining the nature, amount, terms of payment, and duration of spousal support. An award of spousal support is within the discretion of the court. Each case turns upon its unique circumstances. Therefore, spousal support is often unpredictable.  The law firm of Moskowitz & Moskowitz, LLC can assist you with this complicated matter.

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