Spousal Support and Child Support

Your child’s well-being is your primary concern during your divorce process.  But just as significant is financial well-being – your financial well-being as well as that of your child.  Together with the split of your assets and debts, it is important to address the issues of spousal support and child support as you work through the termination of your marriage. 

Spousal support (also known as “alimony”) can be a complicated and often contentious issue.  Ohio law provides that one spouse may have to contribute to the support of the other spouse for a specific time period either during the pendency of a divorce or after a divorce is finalized.  There are a number of factors which the Court is required to review when it considers whether spousal support is appropriate, which factors include each spouse’s income, their age, the length of the marriage, and assets awarded to each spouse (to name a few such factors). 

Child support is based upon state guidelines and, in most cases, is a straightforward calculation based on the combined income of both parents.  Additional considerations in calculating child support include child care costs, health insurance costs (to provide medical coverage for the child) and, to some degree, the time the child spends with each parent. 

Spousal support is often not a final number and can, in specific circumstances, be modified or terminated.  Child support is never a final number; in fact, any issue involving your child (whether the issue involves your custody arrangement, parenting time schedule, tax credit or exemption allocation, or child support itself) is subject to ongoing review and modification until your child is emancipated. 

We welcome you to call us to schedule a confidential consultation about any family law matter. 

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