Alimony And Spousal Support

Alimony: How Much Will I Get? How Much Will I Pay?

Alimony (also commonly referred to as spousal support) is generally financial support for one spouse provided by the other spouse. Its purpose is fairness, but the factors reviewed by a court in determining a request for spousal support are diverse, and it is easy to get confused.

How Is Alimony Determined?

The following factors play a part in determining whether and in what amount spousal support should be provided. Bear in mind that this is a partial list, that courts are free to consider other relevant factors, that in Ohio there is no actual formula for calculating support, and that every divorce case is different and unique.

  • How much the spouse earns
  • The spouse’s relative earning ability
  • Age of the spouse, plus physical, mental and emotional condition
  • Retirement benefits
  • Years of marriage
  • The standard of living that was established during the marriage
  • Ability of the custodial parent to work outside of the home
  • How much education each party has
  • Each party’s relative assets and liabilities
  • Contribution to the education, training or earning ability of the other party
  • How long it will take, and how much it will cost, for the spouse to obtain the education, training or work experience to get a job
  • Lost income production capacity in the past due to marital responsibility
  • Tax consequences

Contact Us For Skilled Representation In Your Spousal Support Case

Alimony is never assured and must not be taken for granted. It is the responsibility of each side to state its case as persuasively as possible. At Gillespie Law, LLC, we have worked on both sides of this issue for most of our careers. It is very important to have effective and experienced counsel representing you in this matter. Much is at stake, and you will need the best lawyer you can find.

Facing a spousal support matter? Choosing the right lawyer is one of the most important decisions you will have to make. For counsel that is compassionate and direct,
contact us online or call 614-602-6297. From our offices in Dublin, we provide representation for individuals throughout central Ohio.