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Spousal Support in Ohio is mandatory if ordered in divorce

In many Ohio divorce cases, one party is ordered to pay spousal support (alimony) to the other for a period of time. Alimony is based on many factors, including the length of a marriage and economic status of the respective parties at the time of their divorce. One case regarding these issues is making headlines nationally.

Ohio readers may be familiar with the actor John Cleese. He is famed for his roles in many movies and his long-time membership in the comedic troupe, Monty Python. The actor and his third wife divorced in 2008 after 16 years of marriage.

At the time of their divorce, it appears that Cleese was ordered to pay his former wife nearly $1 million annually for a period of seven years. Reports indicate that he may be having difficulty making the payments. Indeed, he has placed items of memorabilia on sale on an auction website. In addition, he recently produced a comedy tour entitled 'the Alimony Tour.'

Like many people who have gone through a divorce, Cleese must make the alimony payments to his ex-wife as a part of their final divorce agreement. These payments are mandatory and cannot be altered without court approval. When people in our state find that they are unable to make required alimony payments to their former spouse, they may wish to seek the assistance of the court. In doing so, the best approach may be to first gain an understanding of the applicable laws and procedures as they are applied in divorce proceedings in Ohio.

Source: Christian Post, "John Cleese Selling 'Monty Python' Gear to Pay Ex-Wife Alimony: Owes $1 Million a Year," Brittney R. Villalva, Jan. 23, 2013

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