Spousal Support

Experienced Columbus Divorce Attorneys

Spousal support, which is also known as spousal maintenance or alimony, is the legal obligation of a person to provide financial support to a spouse after a divorce or legal separation. Although it once was true that this only applied to the husband's obligation to provide for his wife, it is now generally recognized that a former husband can also be entitled to spousal support from a former wife. Alimony and child support can be used in conjunction with one another for a spouse's source of income.

The amount of spousal support awarded will depend on a variety of factors, including:

  • Ability to find work, or ability to establish dependable source of income
  • Age of spouse
  • Amount of child support paid
  • Annual income of both spouses
  • Existing assets or liability
  • Length of marriage
  • Marital debt
  • Number of children involved in marriage
  • Physical and mental status that may directly affect the spouse's ability to provide
  • Spousal support paid for prior or existing marriage
  • Taxes

Spousal support can be set for a certain amount of time or as a permanent means of income. Permanent spousal support can be modified or terminated any point depending on certain factors, including remarriage of a recipient based on his or her altered economic environment.

Comprehensive Counsel

At The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc., our Columbus divorce lawyers start each family law case by listening. Founding Attorneys Jon J. Saia and Richard A.L. Piatt believe that striving every day to establish personal attorney-client relationships is the solid foundation to effective legal representation. Our Columbus attorneys have more than 100 years of combined legal experience providing strong, effective representation for clients throughout Ohio.

We proudly offer sound legal counsel to individuals and families during difficult family law cases, including divorce and legal separation. As experienced trial attorneys who have earned national accolades, we prepare each case thoroughly. We have been recognized by The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers in Ohio, Columbus Business FirstCentral Ohio Top Firms, and have been listed as one of the Best Law Firms by Best Lawyers® U.S. News and World Report.

We are ready to use our extensive experience, comprehensive knowledge, and tactical skill to resolve your spousal support matters. Clients can rely on us to be approachable, responsive, and efficient! This type of legal representation can be extremely beneficial for clients in the midst of nasty legal disputes with former spouses.

Representation for Fair Spousal Support Plans

By retaining our firm early on in your divorce or legal separation, we can help you establish an agreeable spousal support plan that can help minimize the risk of a future dispute. All too often, men and women throughout Ohio need help after mistakenly agreeing to an unfair spousal support plan. A faulty spousal support calculation could be detrimental to the financial future of a household, including the separated couple and any children involved.

Whether you are required to pay alimony or are in need of spousal maintenance, a Columbus spousal support attorney from The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc. can provide effective legal guidance for your situation. With solid legal representation from the outset, you can make sure your finances are taken care of before it is too late. We can help you ensure that you are not taken advantage of during a time of financial hardship or instability.

In any of these cases, you will need to consult an experienced Columbus family law attorney who has the understanding of state laws to help you through such a complex and important matter.

When you are ready to get started, contact The Law Offices of Saia & Piatt, Inc. to schedule your case evaluation ! Our phone lines are open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, so call now.