Columbus Spousal Support and Alimony Laws
OHio Spousal Support & Alimony Lawyers
Ohio laws governing spousal support can seem confusing and arbitrary to those who don’t understand them. When a couple decides to divorce, spousal support can become a serious issue. That’s because one party may have been a primary breadwinner while the other saw to the children’s needs and maintained the house. While one-income families are rarer than they used to be, the spouse who set aside her career ambitions in order to raise a family should not be shortchanged for that sacrifice.
Thus, Ohio allows one spouse to collect alimony or “spousal support” as it’s called in Ohio. If you are considering a divorce in Ohio, it is important to understand what spousal support is, how long it can last, and what factors are considered when awarding spousal support to one spouse.
Why You May Need A Financial Planner For Your Divorce
The concept of spousal support and alimony is quite straightforward. Unfortunately, determining the ins and outs of this support, and which spouse is entitled to what is rarely simple. Some spouses may unfairly request alimony, or the amount of spousal support they request may be unreasonable. On the other hand, spouses that may be responsible for paying spousal support may try to hide assets or income to shield themselves from paying a fair, but higher, amount. These issues are incredibly complex to sort through on your own, which is why you need the help of a skilled family attorney, and other professionals, such as a financial planner.
A financial planner will know how to discover hidden assets and income, and can accurately evaluate a spouse’s need for support during the divorce, or once the process is finalized. A financial planner will understand the capacity for a spouse to re-enter the workforce, particularly if that spouse remained at home during the marriage to care for the children. A financial planner will also advise on the earning capacity of that spouse, which will help determine the amount of spousal support they need.
Financial planners are an integral part of determining if a spouse will receive support, and what type of support they need. While necessary, they are also sometimes a challenge for divorcing spouses, as they do not know where to go to get this valuable advice. At Lawrence Law Office, Attorney Linda Lawrence has an extensive network of experts, any one of which may be used during your divorce. That network includes financial planners that can be reached easily and at any time you need. Do not work with a lawyer that will require you to find these experts on your own. Work with a spousal support lawyer in Columbus that already has the connections you need.
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