Property Division & Spousal Support

How Is Marital Property Divided In An Ohio Divorce?

Ohio statutes define what constitutes “marital” property and what constitutes “separate” property. Marital property is property acquired during the marriage, which can include real estate, personal property, businesses, bank accounts and retirement plans, regardless of the name of the spouse on the deed, business entity, title or account. Marital property can also include the increase in the value of separate property due to a spouse’s work or contribution of marital money to the increase of a property’s value (for example, the increase in the value of a pension or retirement plan).

Separate property can include monies or items received as an inheritance, property owned before the marriage, a gift during the marriage that is proved to be made only to one spouse and an award for personal injury (except any part that compensates for lost wages during the marriage).

By applying the rules in the statute, the court determines what is and is not marital property. Marital property is to be divided equally unless the court explains in writing why an equal division of property would not be fair.

The court also has the authority to make a “distributive award” of the separate property of one spouse to the other spouse. When one spouse has engaged in financial misconduct such as hiding property, wasting money on a nonmarital purpose or disposing of money fraudulently, the court may make an award out of the separate property of the offending spouse or make a greater award of marital property to compensate the other spouse.

To discuss your goals and concerns regarding property division or spousal support, please call 937-770-6225 or contact us by email. Dungan & LeFevre‘s divorce attorney Jack Hemm has offices in Troy and represents clients throughout the Miami Valley and Ohio.

What Is Spousal Support?

“Spousal support” is the phrase for what used to be called “alimony.”  It is awarded to help sustain one spouse after a property division has been awarded. Some factors used in determining spousal support are the ages and health of the husband and wife, the length of the marriage, the earning ability of each party, and the standard of living during the marriage. The court may also consider any other factors it finds relevant. Typically, the longer the marriage, the longer the duration of the spousal support award. Since each case is unique, it is important to obtain personalized legal advice on the issue of spousal support and obtain a professional opinion as to how the facts of your case could be handled under Ohio law.

What Are Temporary Orders?

The court may issue temporary orders to be in effect while a case is pending and before a final decision is made. The spouse seeking temporary orders files a motion with the court for such things as the use of the marital residence, parental rights, child support, spousal support and who is responsible to pay marital debts (house or rent payments, car payments, insurance, utilities, etc.). These temporary orders are not necessarily what the court will award as a final order when the case is resolved.

Dungan & LeFevre‘s attorney Jack Hemm practices in the field of Domestic Relations and Family Law, and is available to discuss your legal issue with you at your convenience.

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