FROM JUDGMENT ENTERED IN THE COURT OF COMMON PLEAS COUNTY OF
SUMMIT, OHIO CASE No. DR-2016-03-0957
G. MANOS, Attorney at Law, for Appellant.
ZALIC, Attorney at Law, for Appellee.
DECISION AND JOURNAL ENTRY
JENNIFER HENSAL, PRESIDING JUDGE.
Paul Lorson appeals a decree of divorce entered by the Summit
County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Relations Division.
For the following reasons, this Court affirms.
Paul and Debra Lorson married in 2012 and divorced in 2017.
During their divorce proceedings, the Lorsons agreed on the
division of most of their property, but they proceeded to
trial on a couple of issues, including spousal support.
Following the trial, the court entered a decree that included
a requirement that Husband pay Wife $583.00 a month for 13
months in spousal support. Husband has appealed, assigning two
errors that he has argued together.
OF ERROR I
TRIAL COURT ERRED IN AWARDING SPOUSAL SUPPORT TO THE APPELLEE
FOR AN ADDITIONAL THIRTEEN (13) MONTHS.
OF ERROR II
TRIAL COURT ERRED BY NOT TAKING INTO ACCOUNT THE SPOUSAL
SUPPORT PERIOD PAID BY THE APPELLANT IN CONSIDERING THE
PERIOD OF CONTINUED SPOUSAL SUPPORT.
Husband argues that the trial court abused its discretion
when it ordered him to pay spousal support for 13 months. He
argues that the court should have credited him for the 11
months of temporary spousal support that he had already paid.
He also argues that the duration of the support is too long
considering that he only resided with Wife for 23 months of
Revised Code Section 3105.18(B) provides that, "[i]n
divorce and legal separation proceedings, * * * the court of
common pleas may award reasonable spousal support to either
party." In determining whether spousal support is
appropriate and reasonable, the court must consider the
factors listed in Section 3105.18(C)(1)(a-n). R.C.
3105.18(C)(1). "This Court reviews a spousal support
award under an abuse of discretion standard." Hirt
v. Hirt, 9th Dist. Medina No. 03CA0110-M,
2004-Ohio-4318, ¶ 8. "An abuse of discretion
implies that the court's decision is arbitrary,
unreasonable, or ...