Spousal Support

Spousal support, commonly referred to as alimony, can be one of the more difficult and complex issues in any divorce. This is particularly the case when spouses are divorcing after a lengthy marriage, or if there are significant disparities in each spouse's earnings or earnings potential.

For several decades, the law firm of Phyllis G. Bossin & Associates, A Legal Professional Association, has served clients throughout Hamilton County and the surrounding areas in the full range of family matters. Our law firm is dedicated to helping individuals reach constructive solutions to difficult family issues.

Spousal Support in Ohio

Ohio courts are required to take a number of factors into consideration when determining whether to award spousal support to a spouse. Some of these factors include:

  • Income of the spouses
  • Relative earning capacities of each spouse
  • Ages of the spouses
  • Retirement benefits of the spouses
  • Length of the marriage
  • Whether it is appropriate for the primary custodian of any minor children to work outside the home
  • The standard of living over the course of the marriage
  • The relative educational levels of each spouse
  • The contribution of each spouse to the education or training of the other party

The issue of the amount and duration of spousal support can often be the most contentious issue in a case.  The issues can include a determination of the earning ability of one of the parties, the age at which the person paying support can retire, the circumstances in which support can be modified, the amount of income that can be earned from assets distributed in the divorce, etc.

Outside of court, whether in direct settlement negotiations, mediation, or collaborative practice, an experienced, a knowledgeable divorce lawyer familiar with the complex issues that arise in determining spousal support can prove invaluable in assisting clients reach creative solutions that meet their needs and interests.  The attorneys at Phyllis G. Bossin & Associates will endeavor to resolve these complex issues outside of court through these processes.

Unfortunately, there are times when it is impossible to resolve these issues outisde of court and they must be litigated. Phyllis G. Bossin & Associates has substantial experience in litigating complex spousal support cases.

To learn more or to set up a consultation, contact our Cincinnati office at 513-421-4420 or use our online contact form.