Spousal Support Claims In Divorce

Ohio matrimonial law requires that the court consider a variety of factors before determining an award for spousal support. The length of the marriage, income or potential income of each party, age, contribution toward education or career of the other party, and contribution as a homemaker are all factors that are considered. As a general rule, spousal support can be deducted from the income of the payor and it must be included as income to the payee. The tax consequences of a spousal support award can be significant and must be considered in every spousal support case. At Biviano Law Firm, we represent spousal or ex-spousal parties in spousal support negotiations that consider these issues and matters unique to each marriage.

Our Warren, Ohio, law office represents clients in all aspects of divorce law. We provide a strong voice for clients in the negotiation of fair and effective alimony agreements. Our experienced family law attorney represents clients in pretrial negotiations, arbitration and in court trial proceedings. We seek spousal support agreements that take into account various divorce-related issues, including Shared Parenting Plans and allegations of financial misconduct. We also handle spousal support modifications when a material change in circumstance merits a change to the original spousal support order.

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Due to the recent changes in the federal income tax code as of December 31, 2018, if the case is final and the final judgement entry is docketed with the clerk of court, then the spousal support payments generally are allowed to be deducted from the ordinary income of the payor and must be included in the ordinary taxable income of the receiver. Effective January 1, 2019, such payments of spousal support are no longer deductible by the payor if the divorce judgement entry is not docketed until and after January 1, 2019, which also relieves the payee the tax burden of having to include it in his or her ordinary taxable income.

The attorney and legal staff at Biviano Law Firm assist professionals, business owners and families from all walks of life during the difficult process of divorce and post-divorce modification proceedings. We provide compassionate, personalized services for spouses or ex-spouses needing effective representation in complex divorce and alimony matters. Call 330-392-5000 or contact us today.