Ohio Alimony Laws and Spousal Support

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Ohio Alimony

Ohio alimony or spousal support may be awarded to either party based upon the following factors:
  • whether the spouse seeking support is the custodian of a child whose condition or circumstances make it appropriate for that spouse not to seek outside employment; 

  • the earning ability of both spouses; 

  • the income of both spouses, including marital property apportioned to each spouse and each spouse's ability to meet his or her needs independently; 

  • the needs and obligations of each spouse;

  • the contribution of each spouse to the education, earning ability, and career building of the other spouse, including the spouse's contribution to the earning of a professional degree by the other spouse;

  • the age of the spouses; 

  • the physical, mental, and emotional conditions of the spouses; 

  • the relative assets and liabilities of the spouses, including any court-ordered payments; 

  • the educational level of each spouse at the time of the marriage and at the time the action for support is commenced; 

  • the standard of living during the marriage; 

  • any pension or retirement benefits of either spouse;

  • the duration of the marriage; 

  • the tax consequences of the award; 

  • the time and expense necessary for the spouse seeking support to acquire education, training, or job experience to obtain appropriate employment;

  • the lost income producing capacity of either spouse resulting from marital responsibilities; 

  • any other relevant factor.

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