Representing Your Point Of View In Spousal Support Hearings

The old word for spousal support in Ohio was alimony. It depicted a system in which one spouse in a divorce wrote checks to the other. It was a system that supposed that women were the weaker sex and that men were the bad guys.

The current system tries to be free of this bias. Either side in a divorce may be ordered by the court to write checks to the other. Today's system is about income and assets, not male and female.

In child support, it is assumed that children are entitled to financial support throughout childhood. With spousal support, the court makes no assumptions. If both sides are able to take care of themselves, no payments need to be made. If one spouse is temporarily hard-pressed to make ends meet, temporary support may be ordered until that spouse is able to fend for him or herself.

The court will be interested in how long the two of you were married and the relative age and health of both parties.

You can see that every question must be answered in a way that supports your interests. Without professional representation, you might not know what a good answer or a bad answer sounds like. A great deal is at stake in spousal support deliberations — you owe it to your future to enter into them with discipline and an effective strategy.

Courts are also free to order payments following legal separation, not just divorce.

Talk to the lawyers at Sowald Sowald Anderson Hawley & Johnson — the first name in Columbus spousal support law. Call 614-556-4231 or email our attorneys using this online form.