Columbus Alimony Attorney
In the state of Ohio, spousal support or alimony can often be sought if one spouse requires additional financial assistance following the divorce. Often this spouse was not the primary breadwinner and may have made significant sacrifices for the other spouse’s career or education. This could include a parent who stayed home and raised the children or a spouse who supported the other through school or significant job training.
Columbus Alimony Lawyer — Seeking Spousal Support In Franklin County
Each request for spousal maintenance is considered by the court on a case-by-case basis. The judge must consider several statutory factors, including the duration of the marriage, disparity in income, health of the parties, assets received in the division of property, ability to work and capacity to earn, sacrifices made for each other and the amount of time it would take the supported spouse to find work or education.
If the case for support is sufficient, the judge will generally grant one of two types of alimony: rehabilitative alimony and equalizing income. Equalizing income will narrow the gap in income between the spouses and could continue indefinitely, depending on the duration of the marriage. Rehabilitative alimony is generally only granted for a set number of years, allowing the supported spouse a stipend as he or she seeks education or employment.
It is important that you have a knowledgeable and experienced attorney representing your interests in these proceedings to ensure that you are protected now and into the future. At Robert L. Caplan Attorney at Law, we thoroughly understand this process and how best to protect your interests, presenting a case to the judge based on the factors he or she will consider.