Will Your Spousal Support Order Be Fair And Adequate?

Divorce is never easy. As you begin to look at how your future will be, you may have many questions. Will your lifestyle remain the same, or will it be drastically different? Could you qualify for spousal support? Or is it possible you must pay support to your former spouse?

At Wolinetz & Horvath, we have over 75 years of combined experience helping our clients navigate complex legal issues such as divorce. Our Columbus, Ohio, lawyers are here to inform you and help you through the legal process. We are pragmatic, logical and upfront with the advice we give our clients. We want to help you make informed choices that focus on the big picture and set you up for a successful future.

Factors That Determine Spousal Support

Spousal support, also known as alimony, is financial support payments made by one former spouse to the other as part of the divorce process. Sometimes spousal support is temporary and ends at a predetermined time; other times, it can be longer-lasting or permanent. Spouses can agree on an amount or the courts may order it to be paid. In Ohio, statutory guidelines help guide the courts and parties determine the amount and length of support. Factors that are considered include:

  • The earning ability of each spouse
  • Sources of income for each spouse
  • Standard of living during the marriage
  • The assets and debts that each spouse carries
  • Child custody as it pertains to the ability to work
  • Length of the marriage

These are just a few of the many factors courts will consider. When you work with an attorney from Wolinetz & Horvath, we will walk you through all the possible factors used to determine spousal support and apply those factors to your specific situation. Our goal is to help you clearly understand the process and how alimony could impact you.

Get The Experience You Need For Spousal Support Issues

Depending on what is agreed to or what is ordered by the courts, spousal support could be brief or last a lifetime. Once a decision is reached, it can be difficult to modify. It's important that your spousal support order is fair and adequate from the start — and that is why you need an experienced attorney on your side.

At Wolinetz & Horvath, we understand that this is a challenging and stressful time in your life. Let us help you get through it successfully. Contact us online or call us today at 614-341-7775 to schedule your initial consultation.