In Ohio, alimony can be temporary or permanent, depending on the specific circumstances.

Temporary Alimony

Temporary alimony is alimony that is paid by one spouse to the other while the case is in progress. It is meant to maintain the status quo while the case is being decided.

Temporary alimony is alimony paid for a set period of time. In most situations, courts order higher earners to pay lower-earning spouses this type of alimony during a divorce.

Permanent Alimony

Permanent alimony refers to alimony ordered to be paid after a divorce has concluded. Usually, this is for a set period of time, often one year of alimony for every two to five years of marriage. In a case called Kunkle v. Kunkle, the court ruled that when a lower-earning spouse has the resources, ability, or potential to become self-supporting, alimony should be provided only temporarily with a clear end date.

The court may order lifetime alimony if the marriage lasted longer than 25 years. In the same case mentioned above, Kunkle v. Kunkle, the court stated that a limit should be placed on alimony “except in cases involving a marriage of long duration, parties of advanced age or a homemaker-spouse with little opportunity to develop meaningful employment outside the home”

This means if one spouse is older, if the marriage lasted a long time or if one of the two spouses took on a homemaker role at the expense of career opportunities, the court may award permanent alimony.

However, even in permanent cases, alimony will end when either spouse dies or when the recipient spouse remarries unless the court order expressly says otherwise.

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