Current estimates suggest that nearly half of all marriages in the United States are likely to end in divorce. In Ohio and elsewhere, it is not uncommon, during marriage, for one spouse to depend on the other spouse's income for his or her temporal provisions of food, clothing and shelter. Especially with regard to divorces that occur after long-term marriages, the court sometimes determines that spousal support is appropriate toward the future care and well-being of one of the former spouses.
In Ohio, judges use family law statutes as a guide for determining whether an individual situation warrants spousal support and, if so, in what amount it should be paid. Several factors are carefully considered when the court is making such decisions. Among those are the length of a marriage, the acceptable standard of living by which the spouses lived while married and the age, level of education and physical/mental health of each spouse.