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Columbus Spousal Support Attorney

When one spouse has been dependent on the other over the course of a marriage that is ending in divorce, spousal support (alimony) is a way to address the needs of the soon-to-be financially independent individual. Perhaps the dependent wife or husband gave up educational and/or career opportunities in the past in order to follow and/or support the wage earner.

Whether you are the dependent spouse needing spousal support, or the wage earner seeking reasonable limits to potential spousal support, contact Dougherty, Hanneman & Snedaker, LLC (“DHS”) in Columbus, Ohio.

It May Depend on the Judge

Unlike child support, which is determined by state guidelines, spousal support is a subjective aspect of divorce. The range of spousal support amounts awarded in Ohio varies greatly from county to county, magistrate to magistrate, and judge to judge. It is important to hire experienced attorneys to protect your rights and advocate in your best interest. The higher the incomes and assets in a marital dissolution case, the higher the stakes are regarding both parties likely ultimate net worth.

Spousal Support May Be the Most Important Aspect of Your Divorce

In many high income and significant asset cases, the question of spousal support becomes the most important issue for the dependent spouse, the wage-earner spouse or both. The DHS law firm has the latest and most sophisticated computer software, and other tools, necessary to help project the tax consequences and long-term benefits of liabilities that may be created by a particular mix of asset division, alimony and any applicable child support.

Enlist a Professional Team

When needed, the DHS law firm brings in other professionals, such as CPAs and divorce financial planners, to help sort out the pros and cons of proposed settlement agreements. These consultants are prepared to serve as expert witnesses if the client’s divorce case goes to trial.

What About Uncle Sam?

Child support is not subject to income tax. It is neither deductible nor declarable income. Spousal support, on the other hand, may be deductible for the payor and is required as “included income” for the payee. In high income and significant asset divorce cases, intricate negotiations may be necessary to determine the most equitable and favorable settlement.

Regardless of the level of acrimony between spouses, nearly all divorcing clients of the DHS law firm agree that it is desirable to keep as much money as possible between them, paying only what is required to the IRS. The three parties to the divorce – the husband, wife and the IRS – are all taken into account when the DHS law firm handles a high-income and significant asset Ohio divorce.

Success Stories

The DHS law firm attorneys have produced successful outcomes for many family law clients. Please click here to read about success stories that reflect various family law issues. Perhaps you will see your marital issues reflected in one or more of these brief stories.

Contact Us

Please contact DHS for a confidential consultation with attorney Dougherty or Hanneman or Snedaker. Each is an Ohio State Bar Association Certified Specialist in Family Relations Law. They are three of only 115 attorneys in Ohio who have earned this designation as of January 1, 2013. Less than one-half (1/2) of one (1) percent of all family relations attorneys registered in Ohio has achieved this status!

DHS is located in a safe, convenient northwest Columbus suburb with free on-site parking. The building is west of the intersection of Sawmill Road and Bethel Road. (Bethel Road becomes Hayden Road west of the Sawmill Road intersection.) The offices are in the classic redbrick Northwest Law Offices Building:

  • next to Bravo! Cucina Italiana Restaurant,
  • on the north side of Hayden Road, and
  • east of Riverside Drive (State Route 33).

Then turn onto Donnylane Boulevard from Hayden Road. Then turn right into the parking lot behind the building. The main entrance is at the rear of the building.