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When can you stop paying support to an ex-spouse?

Spousal support is an obligation created between two individuals pursuant to their divorce. In Ohio, an order or agreement for spousal support can be permanent or temporary. Depending on many factors that relate to the capacities of the parties to earn incomes and support themselves, spousal support can last for varying durations of time and can be for very different sums of money.

Child support is for more than a child's basic needs

If parents in Ohio were to total up all of the costs that they must cover to provide their children with what they need, they may come up with a staggering figure. Aside from the food, shelter, clothing and warmth that the child needs to stay healthy, a parent may add in costs associated with education, extracurricular activities, entertainment, transportation, out-of-home care and more. Raising a child is expensive and often requires the contributions of both parents.

Preserving family law fairness in the age of social media

Although Ohio residents still call up their friends to find out what is happening in their lives, many can quickly catch up on the big events happening in the lives of the people they love by signing into their social media accounts. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and a bevy of other internet-based platforms allow individuals to share pictures, information and other forms of data with their connections in a user-focused manner. These social media platforms can, however, complicate family law matters when online friends, shared data and other information become relevant or discoverable at trial.

Shutdown may impact parents' ability to pay child support

Regardless of where a person lives in this country, they are likely aware that the federal government has been in a state of shutdown. This means that thousands of workers have been told not to come into work, and that thousands more are expected to do their jobs without receiving any pay. Ohio residents may be personally affected by this national event or may know others who are struggling to pay their bills as the shutdown looms into the future.

Decisions regarding spousal support depend on many factors

Ending a marriage can be a financially risky process, particularly for an Ohio resident who has depended on a spouse's income. In a divorce, a person may lose access to the financial support they enjoyed when they were married, may lose property that they shared jointly with their ex-spouse and may incur new costs as they are forced to find a new place to live. For a person who does not work, getting a divorce can be downright scary from a financial perspective.

What role could prenups play in a divorce?

Before they have even celebrated their wedding days, some Ohio couples have made plans for how they will manage their property in the event that they divorce. Prenuptial agreements, sometimes referred to as prenups, are contracts that parties may enter into before they marry that outline how their financial responsibilities and property holdings will be dealt with in the event that their marriage does not last. Not everyone who marries will want a prenup but those who do enter into them should be aware of what will happen if they divorce with one in effect.

Helping clients fight for the spousal support they need

Not long ago, this family law blog posted an article on how individuals may seek to change the spousal support orders and agreements that govern their financial relationships with their former partners. It is generally the case that an Ohio couple will only be able to make such modifications if there is a special circumstance that justifies the change. If no change is warranted the agreement or order will continue to operate as executed.

Can courts deviate from the child support guidelines?

The Ohio child support guidelines provide family law courts with a mathematical computation for determining how much money parents should be obligated to pay in support of their kids. Many factors are considered when a court begins to evaluate the application of the guidelines to a family's legal case, including but not limited to the amount of money that each parent makes or could make if they were fully employed, the financial obligations the parents have to children not born of the marriage, and others.

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