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Looking for an Alimony or Spousal Support Calculator for Ohio?

ALIMONY SPOUSAL SUPPORT CALCULATOR OHIOLooking for an alimony (or spousal support) calculator for the state of Ohio?  Alas, you won’t find one, because it doesn’t exist.  Alimony is completely within the discretion of the court.  There are no statutory spousal support guidelines in Ohio like you see in child support.

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There is, however, a statute that contains a list of factors that courts must consider when awarding spousal support.  To see the Ohio spousal support statute, click the link.  Many Judges or Magistrates have guidelines that they use when decided whether to award spousal support and how long to order it.  Generally, most courts do not consider awarding permanent spousal support unless the parties have been married at least 20 years.  Below 20 years, many courts use a rule of thumb that they will award 1 year of spousal support for every three years of marriage.

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Before deciding whether to award spousal support, courts look at the income of the parties, particularly at the difference in the parties’ income.  If the parties make pretty much the same amount of money, are close in age and have similar health situations, the court may award no spousal support at all.  Each case is different.  To get an idea of what factors apply to your case, click the link above to the Ohio spousal support statute.  It may be helpful to discuss your case with an Ohio Family Law Attorney.

Virginia Cornwell is an Ohio State Bar Association Family Relations Specialist.  She practices in Columbus, Ohio, but represents clients in most counties in Ohio and travels throughout the state.

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You may also be interested in some of our other divorce articles:

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Family Support Columbus Ohio & UIFSA

Family Support Columbus Ohio Child Support Spousal SupportWhat is family support?  It’s not a legal term in Ohio law, but it is included in the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, or UIFSA.  Family support is a term that is used to mean child support and/or spousal support (alimony).

The UIFSA is a result of federal regulations requiring states to cooperate in establishing child support, and assist in enforcing child support, spousal support and family support orders.  If you are seeking help with interstate family support orders in Columbus, Ohio (Franklin County), you can consult with a child support attorney.  To visit the website for the Franklin County Office of Child Support Enforcement, or CSEA, just place your cursor over the link and click it.

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Interstate Family Law Attorney in OH OhioFranklin County Ohio’s CSEA has published a helpful brochure on interstate child support enforcement issues.  Just click the link to read it.  The brochure answers questions such as:

  1. What to do if you have a child support case with different orders in different states?
  2. How long will it take to work with another state to establish or collect child support?
  3. How do you get your child support or family support order changed when one or both parents have moved to another state?
  4. How do you enforce your child support, spousal support or family support order when one or both parties have moved to another state?

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Attorney in Ohio UIFSA Child Support Spousal Support AlimonyTo help Ohio parents better understand the meaning of the terms in UIFSA, the Cuyahoga County CSEA has published a helpful glossary.  They also have a short and sweet explanation of UIFSA on this page.  To find out information about UIFSA from the CSEA in your county, click here for a directory.

Franklin County Courts have also provided some helpful information about family support and child support.  When you click the link at the end of this paragraph, scroll down past all the phone numbers and you will come to the question and answer section. http://www.fccourts.org/drj/childsupportfaq.html

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Last but not least, in unraveling UIFSA, take a look at this Ohio Attorney Guide to UIFSA.  It is over ten years old, so you or your child support attorney will have to check to make sure it complies with the current law regarding UIFSA in Ohio, but it can provide a good framework for understanding the Law.

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Need more help with interstate child support or spousal support (alimony), but not sure if you need an attorney?  Maybe our FAQ page will help.   If you would like to meet with one of the attorneys from our office, call us at 614-225-9316 or e-mail us.

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A Columbus Ohio Alimony Attorney on Spousal Support in Ohio

COLUMBUS OHIO ALIMONY LAWYERColumbus Ohio Spousal Support Attorney and Columbus Ohio Alimony Attorney article about alimony in Ohio.

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Many people ask us  – What is the Law in Ohio regarding spousal support (alimony)?  How does the Court decide how much to award?  This decision is made on a case-by-case basis, and a judge-by-judge (or magistrate-by-magistrate) basis.  The Court has broad discretion in determining how much spousal support, if any, is appropriate.  A trial court’s decision on this matter cannot be overturned unless an appellate court finds that a trial court’s decision was an abuse of discretion.

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COLUMBUS OHIO SPOUSAL SUPPORT ATTORNEYSThe current trend in Ohio is toward one year of spousal support for every three years of marriage, except for very short term or very long term marriages.   What constitutes a short term marriage or a long term marriage is , at this time, entirely up to the judge, but as a general rule, marriages that have lasted fewer than five years are short term and marriages longer than 20 years are long term marriages.  Depending on the age of the parties, spousal support in long term marriages may be ordered for life.

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COLUMBUS OHIO SPOUSAL SUPPORT ATTORNEYSMost courts are more willing to order spousal support during the pendency of the divorce case than after the divorce.  If parties settle on an award of zero spousal support, but simply reserve jurisdiction for the Court to modify spousal support later, it is going to be an uphill battle to convince the Court to award spousal support further down the road.

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COLUMBUS SPOUSAL SUPPORT LAWYERSpousal support is considered income by the IRS, is taxable to the recipient, and tax deductible by the payor.

For more information, review the guidelines set forth by Ohio Revised Code 3105.18 which governs spousal support.

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COLUMBUS SPOUSAL SUPPORT LAWYERSThere is currently a controversial movement by some domestic relations lawyers to have spousal support guidelines passed in Ohio.  Proponents of this legislation say that it will create predictability in spousal support awards.  Opponents of the legislation say that it would create entitlement to spousal support, and that spousal support, if it is awarded, should be awarded on a case by case basis only.

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COLUMBUS OHIO ALIMONY ATTORNEYYou may also be interested in our “Divorce in Ohio” series by a Columbus Ohio Divorce Lawyer and Columbus Ohio Divorce Attorney about the process and options for ending your marriage in Ohio, and about Ohio divorce laws.

The first several articles in the series can be seen here, but there are many more:

Part 1 (Conciliation or Legal Separation)Part 2 (Dissolution or Uncontested Divorce)Part 3 (Reasons to Choose Divorce)Part 4 (Restraining Orders)Part 5 (Where will you live?), Part 6 (Paper Work)Part 7 (Health Insurance)Part 8 (Attorney Fees)Part 9 (5 Dirty Divorce Tricks)

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In addition to the installments in the Divorce in Ohio Series (see links at top of the page), you may also find the following topics, which relate to divorce, to be helpful.

AdulteryAnnulment,  Best Interest of the ChildChild CustodyChild Custody Jurisdiction, Child Support (deviation)Child Support (how much)Child Support (how to pay)Child Support (lower)Child Support (myths)Child Support (resources), Child Support (sign up),\ContemptDissolutionDivorce BasicsDivorce MythsForeclosure MediationGrandparentsGuardian ad LitemHouseHow Long Your Divorce May LastInternational AbductionLegal SeparationMediationMovingPacket of Forms vs. Getting a LawyerPrenuptial Agreements (Antenuptial Agreements)Shared ParentingTemporary OrdersTemporary Orders AffidavitsWhere to File for Divorce

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