Following a divorce, one spouse may not have the financial means to sufficiently support themselves, and will require some form of assistance. This is where spousal support may come into play. Spousal support is a form of financial assistance that may be awarded by the courts to either spouse, and is given to help an individual maintain a reasonable standard of living following a divorce. The duration that the mandated support will last depends on the specific circumstances, and can range anywhere from temporary while the divorce is pending to an indefinite time period.
Some of the factors that the courts take into account when determining spousal support may include:
- Assets and liabilities
- Relative earning ability
- How long the marriage lasted
- Both spouse's standard of living
- The age of each party
- The physical, mental, and emotional condition of each party
- Damages to earning capacity
- Contributions by one spouse
Providing Legal Assistance for Support Creation, Modification, & More
As two parties move forward with their lives, financial and other circumstances may change, the need for financial assistance may diminish or become unneccessary altogether. When this occurs, it may be possible to have a court order for spousal support either modified or terminated in order to fit the changed circumstances.
Whether you are going through a divorce and need legal assistance, are looking to modify or terminate a spousal support order that is already in place, or anything in between, our Cleveland family law attorney at The Law Offices of Dennis P. Levin is here to assist you and your family.