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Spousal support, otherwise known as alimony, can be a hotly-contested issue in divorce. A stay-at-home mom may feel that she should be compensated for years of child-rearing when she was unable to earn an income. Her spouse may feel it is unfair to have to be the financial support for two separate households. Trying to determine what is equitable and just can be a complex matter. If you are facing a spousal support issue, whether as the paying spouse or the supported spouse, Hedman Family Law can help.
Attorney Natalie Hedman has in-depth experience handling this often adversarial and complicated matter in the Gresham, Portland, Boring, Happy Valley and Sandy areas. Our law office knows how the law is applied in our local courts. Our team can assist you in understanding the legal factors that will come into play and will work vigorously to help you and your spouse negotiate a fair agreement. We will also provide strong advocacy on your behalf in any court proceeding.
How Spousal Support is Determined in Oregon
Unlike child support, the state does not provide any standardized calculator for determining spousal support. The courts will look at many factors when deciding whether it is appropriate, how much the payment should be, and for how long the support should continue.
Factors that may impact this issue are:
- The length of the marriage
- The earning capacity of the receiving spouse
- The training, education, or work history of the receiving spouse
- The paying spouse’s income and ability to pay
- The ages and health conditions of both parties
- Whether a prenuptial agreement is in force
- Whether the receiving spouse spent time out of the job market raising children and for how long
- Whether the receiving spouse contributed to the paying spouse’s earning ability, training, education, or work skills
Spousal support determined by the court may be awarded for the short term, long term, or indefinitely based on the circumstances of the case.
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Our Gresham spousal support attorneys are ready to help you understand and resolve this matter, whether through negotiation or through the courts. Let us use the legal skills we have developed over our many years in family law practice on your behalf.
We look forward to serving you. Contact us at (503) 506-7887.
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