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Spousal Support

The spousal support lawyers at Regele Law, LLC, help clients understand their financial outlook after divorce, specifically regarding spousal maintenance. Whether you will have to make payments to your ex-spouse or you will receive this type of financial support, we will work diligently to ensure that your final order is fair and reasonable and allows you to have a strong financial future.

Call our attorneys for the support you need at 503-396-4996.

Types Of Spousal Support In Oregon

The intent of spousal support is to reduce the economic harm often experienced by the lesser-earning spouse brought on by the end of a marriage. The three types of spousal support in Oregon include:

  • Compensatory: This support compensates a spouse for his or her financial contributions that allowed the other spouse to get education or training required for career advancement.
  • Transitional: This provides stability for a lesser-earning spouse for a period of time so that he or she can search for employment or return to school for better career opportunities.
  • Maintenance: This type of support is either for a set amount of time or ongoing, often granted when the couple was married for a long time and there is significant discrepancy between the two spouses’ income.

The court will also decide how the support will be paid. In some cases, the court may order a lump-sum payment or a transfer of property. Monthly or quarterly payments are the most common form of spousal support payments. 

Determining Factors For Spousal Support Payments

Oregon maintains a standardized set of factors for judges to consider when determining spousal support. While these factors differ based on the type of alimony, the most common issues that are considered by the courts include:

  • The length of the marriage
  • Monetary contributions to the marriage
  • Financial need for the requesting spouse
  • Work experience and education
  • Relative earning potential of both spouses
  • Age and health of both spouses
  • Child custody and support orders
  • Tax consequences

It is important to remember that each of these factors can be interpreted differently by a judge, making it important to convey the specifics of your marriage clearly and accurately. Our lawyers can help you seek an out-of-court spousal support settlement.

The Help You Need, Today

We are here to help you navigate the divorce transition smoothly, reduce your stress and seek positive out-of-court solutions when possible. Learn more about spousal support by contacting us here or calling our Salem office at 503-396-4996.