Determining spousal support is one of the most difficult issues that a couple will face when ending their marriage. Alimony (or spousal support) may be awarded to either party to make up for significant differences in the post divorce incomes of the couple. Many factors are considered such as the length of the marriage, the work history and income of both parties. Every case is unique and spousal support awards vary from county to county and judge to judge
There are four questions that should be asked: Should spousal support be provided by one spouse to another?; How long should the support last?; How much should it be?; And, finally, should spousal support be modifiable?
In Ohio, there are no set guidelines for courts to follow when deciding the amount or duration of spousal support. Because of this, determining and proving appropriate spousal support can be a minefield for the non-experienced lawyer. Obtaining experienced legal counsel is crucial in helping to make sure you are receiving an adequate award or are not over paying if you owe support. Our firm uses extensive budgeting and financial analysis software and our years of experience to help you make informed decisions as we negotiate with your spouse and his attorney.
We encourage you to fight for what you are entitled to and we will always battle to obtain what is fair. We also will tell you when it is not in your best interest financially or emotionally to press for more. We will not spend thousands of your dollars going after hundreds of dollars of spousal support and we will not sacrifice your current relationship with your soon to be ex-spouse for minimal financial returns. Finally, when working with us, you have the final say. You will be empowered to make all financial decisions with good information and fair advice.
At Newton Law Firm we can help you with the following:
- Reasonable expectations for spousal support
- Determination of your financial needs
- Gathering and presenting relevant factors for determining spousal support
- Job training and continued education
- Financial planning and education with experts if necessary.