Divorce can certainly take an emotional toll. However, many who dissolve their marriage also have financial concerns. Paying child support, splitting assets through property division and the possibility of having to pay spousal support are all very real problems that may be confronting anyone who is going through the divorce process in Ohio. In order to be fully prepared before entering the divorce arena, those considering divorce may want to familiarize themselves with these issues and when they may apply.
This week we will look at how one qualifies for alimony, also known as spousal support. Alimony, when received, can help an individual find financial stability so that he or she can complete an educational program, acquire job skills and training, and maintain their standard of living. Spousal support may also be permanent, particularly if one soon-to-be-ex-spouse is disabled, unable to work, and relied upon the other spouse's income during their marriage. To determine if an individual qualifies for alimony, a court will look at several factors.
The list of factors is wide-ranging, and no one factor is dispositive. A court may consider how long the marriage lasted, whether the spouse was employed during the marriage, how much each party earned during the course of the marriage, the seeking party's education level, the health of all parties involved, and whether one spouse was supported by the other during the course of the marriage.
Oftentimes, alimony disputes can be negotiated. However, one's ability to recover alimony may be limited or non-existent if there is a prenuptial or postnuptial agreement addressing the matter. Though this issue can be highly contentious, it can also be financially saving or devastating, depending on which side of the coin an individual finds him or herself on. It may therefore help to have the assistance of a skilled legal professional on one's side when confronting this, and other, divorce legal issues.