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Spousal support in Ohio is often negotiated in divorce

The payment of spousal support is one of the issues that faces many couples as they divorce in Ohio. In many cases, the soon-to-be former spouse who has less income or opportunity for future employment may be awarded payments of spousal support. These payments can vary based on a number of factors, including the length of a marriage.

When a couple in Ohio enters into the divorce process, they often begin negotiations intended to divide the assets that were obtained during the marriage. In addition, spousal support is typically addressed during these meetings. In some cases, spouses are able to agree on the amount and duration of spousal support. However, if they are unable to agree, a court can be asked to make the decision.

In another state, a new case was recently decided that may be of interest to readers in Ohio. There, spousal support was denied to a wife because she had been accused of domestic violence against her husband. The alleged abuse had occurred within five years of the filing of the petition for divorce.

It is unclear if the case will be appealed to a higher court. However, as it stands now, in the home state of the parties to the matter, if a person commits domestic violence against their spouse, they may discover that they are unable to collect spousal support payments when the couple files for divorce. Those contemplating divorce proceedings would likely benefit from gaining an understanding of the applicable laws and procedures as relates to their own particular circumstances.

Source:, "No alimony for spousal abuser," Bob Egelko, March 13, 2013

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