During a pending divorce, dissolution or legal separation, one spouse may be ordered to pay the other spouse a monthly amount of money in order to cover living expenses. Spousal support or spousal maintenance may be ordered to continue after the divorce, dissolution or legal separation is final.
The family law firm of Dietz & Overmann, PLLC, in Edgewood, Kentucky, works with clients to help them understand how spousal support will factor into their divorce proceedings — whether a spouse is ordered to pay it, or if a spouse is expecting to receive it. Our attorneys have experience with a large number of divorce cases involving spousal support.
How Is Spousal Support Determined?
Unlike child support, there is no formula that is employed to determine whether support of a spouse will be ordered by the court, and if so, what the amount would be or how long it should last. In both Kentucky and Ohio, there are factors for the court to consider in determining whether spousal support or maintenance is appropriate on a case-by-case basis. The amount might be ordered to be paid monthly, or it could be required to be paid as a single lump sum.
Some factors that determine spousal support include:
- Income of the parties, as well as their earning capacity
- If the couple has children
- What the parties’ lifestyle and standard of living was prior to the divorce
- If additional support might be required down the road
Learn more about how spousal support could play into your divorce proceedings by contacting our lawyers in Edgewood. Call for an appointment today at 859-757-2978 or submit your information via our online form.