Dayton:   (937) 223-0697           West Chester:  (513) 785-0822

Dayton:   (937) 223-0697               West Chester:  (513) 785-0822



How Spousal Support Works in Ohio

How Spousal Support Works in Ohio

Unlike child support, which is uniform across the state, the court has much more discretion over an award of spousal support, which is the modern term for what was commonly known as alimony. The principle behind spousal support is to compensate one spouse for lost wages or lost wage-earning ability. In Ohio, counties will often vary greatly in the amount of spousal support awarded. Most counties have established spousal support “guidelines” specific to that particular court; if either party wishes to deviate from those guidelines, they must provide the court with a justification for the deviation. Even though the equation used to…

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