Ohio Spousal Support/Maintenance/Alimony Factors

In Ohio the support payments (if any) can certainly influence how the marital property distribution is awarded, which is why it can become a very intricate part of the final outcome of any divorce. Keeping this in mind, if you and your spouse are unable to reach and agreement on this issue, the Court of Common Pleas will order support from one spouse to the other on a case-by-case basis as follows:

When considering the mount and the duration of support, the court will take into consideration the following economic factors: (1) The income of the parties; (2) The relative earning capacities of the parties; (3) The ages and the health conditions of the parties;  (4) The retirement, pension, 401k benefits of the parties;  (5) The length of the marriage;  (6) The extent to which it would be inappropriate for a party, because that party will be custodian of a minor child of the marriage, to seek employment outside the home;  (7) The standard of living while married;  (8) The relative extent of education of the parties; (9) The relative assets and liabilities of the parties, including but not limited to any court-ordered payments by the parties; (10) The contribution of each party to the earning capacity of the other;  (11) The time and expense necessary for the spouse who is seeking spousal support to acquire education, training, or job experience;  (12) The tax ramifications;  (13) The dissipation of any marital assets; (n) Any other factor that the court expressly finds to be relevant and equitable. (Ohio Code - Sections: 3105.171)

You can also read more about Ohio spousal support in the Ohio state statutes located at: