Columbus, Ohio Spousal Support Attorneys

In Ohio, spousal support (alimony) is not automatically granted. In considering whether spousal support is appropriate, the court must consider a number of factors, and the process can be challenging because the circumstances of each marriage are unique. The law favors self-sufficiency, so the party seeking support must prove a genuine need.

If the court finds that one spouse lacks adequate property to support his or her reasonable needs, and is unable to support him- or herself through appropriate employment, the court may award spousal support. LeeAnn Massucci and her team understand how important the issue of spousal support can be for many families. Our attorneys are committed to providing clients with sound legal advice and representation to ensure their rights and interests are protected.

Understanding Ohio Spousal Support

In Ohio, each spouse is expected to take all reasonable steps to secure adequate employment and become, or remain, self-sufficient. However, in some marriages, given the disparity of incomes, or the absence of a spouse from the workforce for a lengthy period of time, it may be difficult or impossible for one spouse to be self-supporting. Thus, determination of the amount and duration of spousal support will be determined based upon specific facts of each marriage.

The factors a judge will evaluate in spousal support matters include:

  • The disparity in income of both parties
  • Each person’s contribution to the marriage including homemaking and child care
  • The duration of the marriage, the standard of living established during the marriage
  • The time necessary to acquire sufficient training or education to obtain appropriate employment
  • The obligations and assets of each party
  • The age and physical and emotional condition of the party seeking support

The process of determining whether spousal support is appropriate involves many complex and often difficult questions of proof. Only a skilled and experienced attorney can properly advise you as to your rights with regard to spousal support, and protect those rights in a legal proceeding.

Experienced Help for Ohio Spousal Support Issues

The attorneys at Massucci Law Group will guide you through the challenges of your spousal support case and provide you with a thorough understanding of Ohio spousal support law. Our attorneys will put our considerable experience to work to complete a detailed investigation of your family's financial situation including discovery and documentation of all assets and each spouse's ability to remain or become self-sufficient after the marriage has ended. Our individualized spousal support strategy will focus on ensuring maximum fairness for both parties to provide the best possible outcome.

Based in Columbus, Ohio, Massucci Law Group serves family law clients in Franklin County and throughout central Ohio. We invite you to learn more about our team, our strengths, our services, and to contact us to schedule a consultation.

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