In the state of Ohio how long do you have to be married to qualify for spousal support?

Asked over 4 years ago - Canton, OH

will be married 2 years on 8/23/10....no kids but married under the impression that kids were an option. now my husband does not want kids and is trying to get out of the marriage.

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  1. Paul Michael Kocsis

    Contributor Level 15

    Answered . There is not time limit, but duration of the marriage is a key factor as is difference in income. After two years, most courts won't consider spousal support unless there is a substantial reason - you quit a job and relocated for example - to grant such. If you are getting involved into a divorce after such a short term, you should focus more on the assets of the marriage and how those get divided versus wasting time on arguing for spousal support.

  2. Christopher Joseph Tamms

    Contributor Level 17

    Answered . You're very VERY unlikely to get any spousal support after only a 2 year marriage where there are no kids. Is it impossible?... no, but the duration of the marriage is one of the most important factors. Spousal support is more likely in a marriage lasting 15 or 20 years. While there's no set time limit, courts are more likely to tell spouses in a 2 year marriage to go support themselves.

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