Spousal Support

When a marriage ends in divorce, it can be both emotionally and financially stressful. Ideally, each spouse will be able to maintain the standard of living they were accustomed to during the marriage.  Spousal support is when one spouse becomes responsible to financially support a former spouse to meet certain needs, maintain a lifestyle, or become self-sufficient. The term alimony and spousal support are used interchangeably. It’s important to contact an experienced spousal support lawyer to protect your interests.

Oregon law permits three types of spousal support:

  • Transitional support: temporary financial assistance to help one spouse obtain education or training to reenter or advance in the workplace
  • Compensatory support: financial support where one spouse has made a significant contribution for the other spouse’s education, training, vocational skills, career or earning capacity
  • Spousal maintenance: the most common form of spousal support in Oregon. Spousal maintenance, ordinarily, arises in long-term marriages and is intended to allow the receiving spouse to maintain a similar standard of living they had during the marriage.

In some cases, the court can order more than one type of spousal support.

There are no standardized guidelines for the calculation of spousal support in Oregon. It is critical to seek the advice of an experienced spousal support lawyer to advocate on your behalf.

If you need an experienced, compassionate Oregon family law attorney to protect your assets and standard of living during this difficult transition, Alexis Bishop Stern handles all legal issues related to divorce including spousal support advocacy.