Portland Spousal Support Lawyers
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Spousal support is designed to help two parties maintain a good quality of life post-divorce. In situations where one party is not financially stable or capable of supporting themself during or after a divorce, they may request spousal support from their partner.
Spousal support can quickly become a contentious issue during a divorce case. Whether you're the prospective recipient or payor in a spousal support case, you need a lawyer who knows the ins and outs of alimony laws in your state. Our Portland spousal support attorneys will work with you to identify and pursue an optimal outcome in your spousal support dispute.
To schedule a consultation with our team, contact us online or via phone at (503) 433-8340.
How Does Spousal Support Work in Oregon?
During child support cases, the court's primary objective is to ensure that both parties maintain the same quality of life post-divorce that they enjoyed while married.
There are three primary types of spousal support in Oregon:
- Transitional Support. In a transitional support arrangement, one spouse supports their partner while they gain the training or education necessary to reenter the job market and become financially independent. Transitional support is common in situations where one spouse acted as a stay-at-home parent during the marriage or requires more education to become financially independent.
- Maintenance support. In a maintenance support arrangement, one spouse supports their partner financially either for a defined amount of time, or permanently depending on the details of the case. Maintenance support is common in situations where the spouses were married for a significant amount of time and there's an earning gap between the parties that can't feasibly be closed, or if one party is incapable of supporting themself financially.
- Compensatory support. In a compensatory support, one spouse pays their partner back for financial support they received during the marriage. For example, let's say a couple gets married, and one spouse pays for their partner's med school under the assumption they will both reap the benefits of that spouse eventually becoming a doctor. If the couple files for a divorce, the spouse that paid for med school may be able to request compensatory support.
Every spousal support case is different, and courts can combine different kinds of spousal support if they choose to do so. You should speak with an experienced spousal support lawyer to determine what kind of spousal support arrangement you should pursue.
What Do Courts Consider During Spousal Support Cases?
Courts consider a multitude of factors during spousal support cases depending on the details of the case. Some factors courts consider include:
- The length of the marriage;
- Each spouse's current employment, training, education, and earning potential;
- Each spouse's current assets;
- Each spouse's physical and mental health;
- The standard of living established during the marriage;
- The financial need established by each spouse, and;
- How a potential spousal support arrangement would affect the lives of both parties.
Can I Change My Spousal Support Arrangement in the Future?
Not all court orders remain relevant indefinitely. If you or another party involved in a spousal support arrangement experience a substantial change in circumstances, you can file an order modification case to terminate or modify the terms of your spousal support arrangement.
Events that constitute a substantial change in circumstances include:
- The spouse paying for support loses their job and can no longer realistically pay for spousal support;
- The spouse receiving support acquire gainful employment or becomes financially independent sooner than expected;
- The spouse receiving support does not make adequate efforts to become financially independent after receiving support;
- The spouse receiving support gets married or experiences some other event that offsets the need for spousal support.
At Levin Law Center, we can help protect your rights and pursue your best interests in your spousal support or order modification case.
To schedule a consultation with our team and speak with an experienced Portland spousal support lawyer about your case today, contact us online or via phone at (503) 433-8340.
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