What is spousal support?

Spousal support (also known as alimony) is a payment made by one spouse to a former spouse. Spousal support may be granted to the husband or wife and can be temporary (for the duration of a divorce action) or permanent (effective upon divorce). Temporary support is awarded at the discretion of the court, whereas permanent spousal support is awarded based on a number of statutory factors including the income of the parties, the earning abilities of the parties, and the duration of the marriage, among other factors. Spousal support can be for a specific length of time, indefinite or may terminate upon the occurrence of a particular event. Spousal support awards can be modified if the court has retained jurisdiction and there is a substantial change in circumstances.

Our spousal support and alimony lawyers can help you through the process

At The Perla Law Firm, we work toward the most fair spousal support agreement possible so our clients can lead self-sufficient lives. In order to navigate the statutes, case law and individual circumstances that arise regarding spousal support, an experienced attorney from our Cleveland office is imperative. Contact our office today with any questions.