Spousal Support

Spousal Support, Spousal Maintenance and Alimony:

During a pending divorce, dissolution or legal separation, one spouse may be ordered to pay the other spouse a monthly amount of money in order to cover living expenses. Spousal support or spousal maintenance may be ordered to continue after the divorce, dissolution or legal separation is final.

Unlike child support, there is no formula to use to determine whether support of a spouse will be ordered by the court, and if so, what the amount would be, and how long the obligation will last. In both Kentucky and Ohio, there are factors for the court to consider in determining whether spousal support, or spousal maintenance is appropriate for each individual situation and if so, how much and how long one should pay. Courts may also order a lump sum amount rather than a monthly amount.

Some of the factors that are considered are income and earning capacities of the parties, whether there are children, the parties lifestyles during the marriage, the need for the additional support, etc.

The DO Family Law lawyers assist clients by reviewing the factors to be considered and presenting the client’s position on the matter to the judge.