The state of Oregon has specific laws regarding spousal support, also known
as alimony. This type of support can be awarded during the divorce process
and in some cases, after. The court will order one spouse to pay money,
or support, to the other for a certain period of time. Usually, it is
ordered in monthly installments, while some cases are resolved in a one-time lump sum.
What will the court look at to determine support?
Only certain divorces will include spousal support. One of the main reasons
a spouse may be awarded spousal support is due to a significant dependency
on the other spouse for income. Often times, if a spouse has given up
educational or employment opportunities for a marriage, they will be awarded
some amount of support, or at least until they can secure a supportive job.
The court will consider the following factors to determine if you are eligible:
- Your age, overall health, or any disabilities
- The length of your marriage
- Whether or not you will have child support responsibilities
- Your employment / earning status
- Your standard of living during your marriage
There are three types of spousal support available in Oregon. If your marriage
lasted more than 20 years, you will likely receive maintenance spousal
support, which is considered long-term support and may even be indefinite.
Other types of spousal support include transitional, which is awarded
so that a spouse may receive education or job training, and compensatory,
which is used to reimburse a spouse for their contributions to the other
spouse's financial success.
In order to determine if you are eligible or not, you will need to discuss
your case in more detail with a seasoned divorce attorney. Contact McKinley
Irvin if you would like to schedule a consultation.