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The term alimony is replaced with spousal support in Ohio alimony law and is defined as

the payments made to a former spouse both for sustenance and support.

Conditions to order support:

In Ohio alimony law a legal marriage is crucial to order a support.

It can be a simple allowance for nourishment or sustenance, a temporary one or a permanent one.

Spousal support is ordered in two cases. They include:

  • During divorce, where there is a termination of marriage, a temporary or a permanent alimony is provided.
  • During a legal separation where the marriage is not terminated, but support has been requested.


There is no precise formula to calculate the support amount,

but the courts in Ohio follow discretion and consider the ability of the party to pay the support before

deciding on the amount and type of support.

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