Oregon Spousal Support (Alimony) Lawyer
In some divorce cases, it may be appropriate to award spousal support (also known as alimony) to a party. There are three types of spousal support: (1) transitional — meant to help a spouse transition from married life to single life; (2) compensatory — meant to compensate a spouse who made a significant contribution to the other spouse’s education, training, career, or earning capacity; and (3) maintenance — meant to maintain a spouse’s standard of living post-divorce.
When considering whether support should be awarded, the court looks to a variety of statutory factors, including: the age of the parties; the length of the marriage; the relative earning capacities of the parties; the education, training, and work experience of each party; each party’s child care responsibilities; tax consequences to both parties; the health of the parties; and any other factor the court deems just and equitable. In other words, the court considers all of the specific circumstances of your case when making a decision about support.
Spousal support is tax deductible by the paying spouse and treated as taxable income to the recipient spouse under the Internal Revenue Code. This means there are possible income tax advantages to the individual paying spousal support.
Spousal support is a very individualized and fact-specific part of a divorce. Our trained divorce lawyers can help you understand whether spousal support is appropriate in your case.
What To Expect In An Oregon Consultation About Spousal Support
As a service to clients, we meet with all potential clients in person, preferably with two attorneys, for the first consultation. This allows us to determine which lawyer is best-suited for any given case, based on the subject matter and the client’s personality. In addition to the client getting two-for-the-price-of-one, this allows both lawyers to meet potential clients and hear the background of each case. Although ultimately only one lawyer will handle the case, the other will then know the basics of each case and can answer questions when a client calls. We offer this initial consultation for a flat-fee of $100.00.
When starting the process for finding a lawyer, potential clients often ask “who is the best spousal support lawyer in Oregon” or the “who is the best lawyer in Portland for spousal support?” The answer is: the lawyer who gets the results you need. Like the rest of family law, there is not one-size-fits-all when it comes to selecting a family law attorney. The best attorney for you is the one who listens to your circumstances, provides solid legal advice, and facilitates and achieves your goals. Contact one of our Portland divorce lawyers today to set up a consultation.