Am I Entitled to Spousal Support / Alimony?

Posted on November 07, 2014 07:35am
Am I Entitled to Spousal Support / Alimony?

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.

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