Helping Ohio Residents Reach Spousal Support Agreements
I am Carla B. Davis, Attorney & Counselor at Law. I help people in Toledo and the surrounding parts of Ohio accomplish their goals in spousal support matters. I have found that in order to achieve an adequate resolution to spousal support disputes, each party must feel as though they have been treated fairly. The primary breadwinner in a marriage does not want to feel as though he or she is being taken advantage of. On the other hand, the lesser earning spouse wants assurances that he or she will receive adequate support to meet his or her needs.
With 36 years of family law experience, I can confidently represent your interests in any spousal support dispute, whether you believe you should receive support, or whether or not you anticipate paying support.
When determining spousal support obligations, the parties, and when necessary, the courts, must take a number of factors into consideration. For instance, you and your spouse can agree that spousal support can either be modifiable or non-modifiable. In certain situations, a spouse may want the option to modify support obligations following the divorce. There are also many factors that determine both the amount and duration of spousal support payments, such as:
- The length of the marriage
- The age of the parties
- The relative income, educational levels and employment opportunities of each spouse
- Each spouse’s child care obligations
- The property and assets each spouse receives in the divorce
These factors also govern property division considerations. There are other strategic considerations that your lawyer must be aware of. Spousal support can be negotiated with a property division. You could accept an unequal property division in lieu of receiving additional spousal support, or waive your right to spousal support. Your lawyer also needs to be aware of the many tax considerations involved in spousal support and property distribution.