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Spousal support for a stay-at-home parent

| Jun 28, 2021 | Family Law |

In an Ohio divorce, the courts determine spousal support on a case-by-case basis. When spouses have a significant disparity between incomes, judges consider maintenance payments to support the lower-income spouse. 

Many factors determine whether this type of support is appropriate in a divorce. 

Why do courts award spousal support?

If you have been a stay-at-home parent for many years, you likely will have a more difficult time paying for 100% of your financial needs following a divorce. Courts award maintenance to enable you to get the training, education or experience you need to start a new career. Ohio courts consider the work of childcare an equal contribution to the marital income. 

How long does spousal support last?

The length of time you receive maintenance payments depends on various factors. Short-term support aims to assist you in getting back on your feet financially. Long-term support aids older people, individuals in lengthy marriages and those who cannot earn sufficient income due to health or other reasons. In addition, judges grant temporary support to help cover expenses during the divorce process. 

How do courts determine support amounts?

Judges examine many elements to decide how much money to award in a divorce settlement. Some circumstances courts look at include: 

  • The length of the marriage 
  • The assets and debts 
  • The standard of living 
  • The custody arrangement 
  • The education of each spouse 
  • The earning ability of each party 
  • The age and health of each individual 
  • The current sources of income 

Many variables affect spousal support awards during an Ohio divorce. Familiarize yourself with relevant laws and guidelines to help ensure an outcome that meets your monetary needs.