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Ohio Divorce Alimony


The Ohio divorce alimony is presently known as spousal support. The local courts of Ohio acknowledge the payment of alimony or provision of spousal support as means of sustenance for the economically weak spouse during the period of separation or divorce. After the disbursement and distribution of the marital and non-marital properties among the two souses, the court may further order for the payment of alimony or spousal support to the spouse who is unable to maintain a decent standard of living.

There are various types of Ohio divorce alimony that are ordered depending upon the financial circumstances of both the spouses. The pendente lite, which is commonly known as the temporary alimony is paid to the financially unstable spouse during the time of pending of the divorce case. This form of alimony is paid until the final declaration of the divorce verdict. The Ohio court has also the provision of awarding permanent alimony but that is awarded under certain special conditions. The following are factors that are taken into account while making a decision on the amount and duration of Ohio divorce alimony. Mentioned in the chapter 3105.18 of the Ohio Statutes, there are 14 conditions that are considered for determining alimony.
  1. The financial resources available with both the parties. The earned and unearned assets, dividends and bonds are taken under consideration.
  2. The earning potentials of the spouses
  3. Retirement benefits and health care insurances
  4. The length of the married life
  5. The amount awarded can be influenced by the granting of the child custody to the recipient spouse.
  6. The living standard of the parties before and after the divorce
  7. The educational background of both the parties.
  8. The financial liabilities of the parties.
  9. The contribution or the aid provided by each of the spouses for the each otherís welfare
  10. The time duration and the monetary support required by the dependent spouse in order to complete a skill development training or educational program that would help him or her to be financially self sufficient.
  11. The tax repercussions on both the parties due to the payment of the alimony
  12. The capacity to generate income that is lost while meeting up marriage related responsibilities
  13. Apart from the above mentioned conditions the court of Ohio can take into account other factors for awarding of alimony as well that may vary from one divorce case to another. The court expects both the spouses to have equally contributed for the accumulation of the marital assets, properties and income.
Permanent alimony in Ohio is subjected to changes if (a) there is an involuntary alter or decrease in the income of the payer, (b) the recipient remarries, (c) either of the spouses dies, (d) the recipient gets engaged in a relationship outside the state but is acknowledged as marital bonding in Ohio, (d) the receiving spouse starts cohabiting with another partner even if the relation is outside the bondage of marriage, (e) the payerís capacity of income generation and ability to pay increases.


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