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 more than three 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

Spousal Maintenance in Kentucky

In Kentucky, this type of support is called maintenance. Kentucky courts treat maintenance very differently from the way that Ohio courts treat spousal support. Most notably, in Kentucky, the spouse requesting maintenance must first demonstrate their financial need. After establishing that maintenance is needed, the Kentucky court will consider numerous factors in making an order for maintenance, including:

  • The financial resources of the party seeking maintenance
  • The time necessary to acquire sufficient education or training to enable the seeking party to become financially independent
  • The standard of living during the course of the marriage
  • Ages and health of both parties

An award of spousal support or maintenance is within the discretion of the court and is often unpredictable. There is a wide range of potential outcomes in any spousal support dispute. In a courtroom setting, the presentation of the spousal support case on either side can be complex and require sophisticated evidence, including the use of expert witnesses, such as vocational experts, forensic accountants, economists and doctors.

Outside of court, whether in 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 have substantial experience in litigating complex spousal support cases as well as addressing these issues outside of court in a collaborative setting, through mediation or through direct negotiations.

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