Spousal Support

Toledo, Ohio

For anyone who is going through a divorce, it can be an overwhelming and challenging time for those who are involved. No matter the reasoning, it is not an easy time or transition. There are a lot of different factors that have to be considered and figured out to get a divorce finalized. At Affordable Family Law we know that there are a lot of steps that have to be taken and in some cases, one of the individuals may need some financial assistance from their previous spouse. In these situations, we are here to help you navigate through the complicated world of spousal support. With our help, we want to make the process as easy as possible for all those that are involved!

What is Spousal Support?

Spousal support, also known as alimony or maintenance, refers to the financial assistance provided by one spouse to the other during or after a divorce or legal separation. It is intended to help the receiving spouse maintain a similar standard of living to that enjoyed during the marriage or to assist them in becoming financially self-sufficient. Spousal support may be awarded temporarily, for a specific duration, or indefinitely, depending on factors such as the length of the marriage, each spouse’s financial situation, earning capacity, contributions to the marriage, and any agreements reached between the parties. The purpose of spousal support is to address the economic disparity between spouses and ensure fairness and equity in the divorce settlement.

Factors that Help Determine Spousal Support

Length of the Marriage: The duration of the marriage is a significant factor in spousal support determinations. Generally, longer marriages may warrant a higher or longer-lasting support obligation.
Income Disparity: The difference in income between the spouses is a key consideration. The spouse with higher earnings may be required to provide support to the spouse with lower or no income to help maintain their standard of living post-divorce.
Earning Capacity: Each spouse’s ability to earn income is assessed. Factors such as education, job skills, work experience, and health may impact earning capacity.
Financial Needs: The financial needs and obligations of each spouse are evaluated, including expenses related to housing, healthcare, education, and childcare.
Standard of Living: The standard of living established during the marriage is considered. Spousal support aims to allow the recipient to maintain a similar standard of living post-divorce.
Contributions to the Marriage: The contributions of each spouse to the marriage, both financial and non-financial, are taken into account. This includes factors such as homemaking, child-rearing, and support of the other spouse’s career.
Age and Health: The age and health of each spouse may influence spousal support determinations, particularly if one spouse is elderly or has health issues that limit their ability to work.
Marital Agreements: Any prenuptial or postnuptial agreements that address spousal support may impact the outcome.
Fault in the Divorce: In some jurisdictions, faults in the divorce, such as adultery or abuse, may be considered when determining spousal support.
Ability to Pay: The paying spouse’s ability to meet their own financial needs while also paying support is taken into consideration.

Overall, spousal support determinations are highly individualized and depend on the specific circumstances of each case. Courts aim to achieve a fair and equitable outcome that considers the financial needs and abilities of both spouses.

Different Types of Spousal Support

Pendente Lite Support

Pendente lite support, also known as temporary spousal support or temporary alimony, refers to financial assistance provided to one spouse by the other during the pendency of a divorce or legal separation proceeding. This support is temporary and intended to provide financial assistance to the recipient’s spouse until a final divorce decree is issued and a permanent support arrangement, if any, is established.

Rehabilitative Support

Rehabilitative support, also known as rehabilitative alimony, is a type of spousal support designed to assist a spouse in becoming self-supporting after a divorce or legal separation. Unlike permanent spousal support, which may be awarded indefinitely, rehabilitative support is intended to provide financial assistance for a specific period to enable the recipient spouse to pursue education, training, or employment opportunities that will enhance their earning capacity and financial independence. The goal of rehabilitative support is to support the recipient spouse’s efforts to become self-sufficient and transition to a new phase of life post-divorce.

Permanent Support

Permanent support, also known as permanent alimony or spousal maintenance, is a type of financial support awarded to a spouse following a divorce or legal separation that is intended to be ongoing and indefinite in duration. The purpose of permanent support is to address disparities in earning capacity or financial resources between spouses that may persist over time. It is typically awarded in cases where one spouse has significantly lower income or earning potential due to factors such as age, health, education, or career sacrifices made during the marriage.

Choose Family Affordable Law

Divorce is not easy for anyone that is involved, there are a lot of factors and hard decisions that have to be made throughout the process. At Affordable Family Law, we want to guide you through all the steps of the process to make it as smooth as it can be. Our team of experienced and compassionate professionals is ready to hear your concerns and advocate for you when it comes to spousal support. Call us with any questions that you may have about how we can help you and make a challenging time just a little bit easier!



Is spousal support always awarded in divorce cases?

Spousal support is not automatically awarded in divorce cases. It depends on the specific circumstances of the marriage, including the factors mentioned above. Spousal support may be awarded temporarily, for a specific duration, or indefinitely.

Can spousal support be modified?

Spousal support orders may be modified if there is a significant change in circumstances, such as a change in income or financial needs. Parties can also agree to modify spousal support through a written agreement.

Is spousal support taxable?

Spousal support is typically taxable income for the recipient and tax-deductible for the payer, as long as certain IRS requirements are met. However, tax laws regarding spousal support may vary, so it’s essential to consult with a tax professional for guidance.

What happens if spousal support payments are not made?

Failure to pay spousal support as ordered can result in legal consequences, including contempt of court charges, wage garnishment, asset seizure, and enforcement actions by the court.


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