What Is The Best Way To Handle Spousal Support In Ohio?
In nearly every divorce, spousal support (also called “alimony”) is a critical issue. The payer should never have to give his or her ex-spouse more than necessary. The recipient, on the other hand, should have enough to live on while he or she gains economic independence.
Attorney Kristen L. Campbell has more than a decade of experience in Butler County, Ohio. Because she limits her practice to this county, she is able to provide valuable direction about how the local judges are likely to rule on spousal support issues. You can rely on her for clear, honest counsel and diligent representation. Call her office in Hamilton today at 513-895-0030.
Determining How Much Alimony Is Appropriate
Spousal support is not like determining child support, which comes with clear guidelines for how to calculate the amount due. Instead, the judge must take 10 different factors into consideration when awarding alimony in Ohio. These include:
- The length of the marriage
- The physical and mental health of the parties
- The income of the parties
- The standard of living established during the marriage
- Loss of earning capacity of one spouse who stayed home to raise the children
- The division of marital assets, including retirement benefits
- Any other factors the court deems relevant
If A Modification May Be Needed Later, You Must Take Action Now
Many attorneys spend very little time discussing with their clients whether or not the spousal support agreement should be modifiable, and if so, under what conditions. However, a modification may be very important to you in the future.
Kristen L. Campbell knows how to reserve jurisdiction when the original alimony agreement is created, which will protect your ability to modify it in the future, should you need to do so. She also takes the time to carefully analyze the wording of the document in order to prevent many future complications.
Speak To Our Lawyer
When your financial well-being is on the line, we are here to defend your interests. Call the Law Office of Kristen L. Campbell, LLC, at 513-895-0030 for an initial consultation. You can also reach our Hamilton office via email.