Spousal Support

Our Portland Divorce Attorney Enforces Marital Rights

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The decision to divorce is a difficult one, and it can be further complicated if the spouses have unequal earning abilities, or one is a stay-at-home parent or homemaker. The spouse in need may worry about reentering the job market, and the breadwinning spouse may fear having to support two separate households instead of just one. Oregon courts have the ability to award spousal support, also called maintenance or alimony, only after one spouse has filed a petition for annulment, divorce or legal separation. Portland divorce attorney Ronald Allen Johnston has focused his career representing spouses and enforcing marital rights in family law cases for over 40 years, and he can effectively pursue or defend against claims for spousal support.

The charge for the first appointment is $160 for the first hour (new clients only) and $325 per hour after the first hour.

Factors for Alimony or Spousal Support Awards

A court may award spousal support in an amount that is “just and equitable,” payable in gross or by installment in the final judgment along with the property division. A court might award spousal support on a temporary basis throughout the divorce process. If parties do not agree on support, the court may order it payable from one spouse to the other after considering the following factors:

  • The duration of the marriage;
  • A party’s training and job skills;
  • A party’s work experience;
  • The financial needs and resources of each party;
  • The tax consequences to each party;
  • A parent’s custodial child support responsibilities; and
  • Any other factor the court deems just and equitable.

Three Kinds of Spousal Support in Oregon

  • Transitional Spousal Support. This type of support is also known as rehabilitative support, and is available to allow one party to attain education and training necessary to prepare for reentry of the job market or for advancement therein.
  • Compensatory Spousal Support. This type of support is warranted when one party has made significant financial or other contributions to augment the other party’s education, training, vocational skills, career or earning capacity. In addition to the above-listed factors, the court will consider the amount, duration and nature of the contribution to award compensatory spousal support.
  • Maintenance Spousal Support. This is the “traditional” type of spousal support and may be temporary or permanent in duration. In addition to the factors listed above, the court may also consider the ages of the parties, the mental, physical and emotional health of the parties as well as the standard of living of the marriage.

Ronald Allen Johnston represents divorcing spouses either seeking or defending against awards of spousal support. Every family law case is as unique as the client, and his mission is to obtain the best results for his clients under the law. Contact our Portland divorce lawyer today to discuss your specific situation and learn how spousal support will affect your case.

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