Cincinnati Divorce Lawyer
April M Payne
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Spousal support, also known as alimony, is the flow of money from the higher wage earning spouse to the lower wage earning spouse for that spouse’s financial support. Spousal support, however, is not appropriate in all divorce or dissolution cases. Unfortunately, there is no formula to determine how much spousal support should be paid or for how long. In many cases this is the most difficult issue to resolve in the dissolution process because there is very little guidance from the state legislature on how to calculate the amount and duration of support.
Generally you consider the financial need of the lower wage earner and the ability of the higher wage earner to make spousal support payments. Other factors to consider include, but are not limited to, the age of the parties, the health of the parties, the duration of the marriage and the standard of living the parties enjoyed during the marriage. Many other factors may be considered depending on the circumstances of each couple’s unique situation.
If your case is appropriate for spousal support, you must also consider whether spousal support should be paid in gross, in installments or as an offset to other marital assets or debts. A creative and experienced divorce lawyer will be able to help you structure a unique arrangement to suit your specific situation.
Further, be aware that in many cases spousal support is taxable to the person receiving the support and tax deductible to the person paying the spousal support.