Salem Spousal Support Lawyer

Spousal support can be a major consideration in divorce, and often the one sticking point when other issues are decided. Whether you would pay or receive spousal support, you need knowledgeable legal counsel to protect your best interests.

My name is Elaine Smith-Koop, a Salem divorce lawyer who brings more than 20 years of experience to your case. I have negotiated and litigated spousal support for clients in Marion, Polk, Yamhill counties and surrounding counties of the Willamette Valley.

Does Spousal Support Apply To Your Divorce?

There are three main types of spousal support in Oregon:

  • Transitional support — This is short-term support for a year or a few years to allow a spouse to go back to school or retrain for the workforce.
  • Compensatory support — This recognizes one spouse's contribution to the other's earning power, such as supporting the spouse through grad school or helping to build their business.
  • Spousal maintenance (permanent alimony) — This is ongoing support in longer marriages, especially when one spouse earns much less or cannot work because of health issues or lack of employable skills.

Marion County Alimony Attorney

Spousal support can be worked out as part of a divorce settlement, but if you and your spouse cannot agree on the amount or duration, it may be necessary to go to court. The judge will consider many statutory factors, including length of the marriage, the incomes, age and health, earning capacity, financial need and the accustomed standard of living during the marriage.

I can advise on the tax consequences and other considerations as we address spousal support in your case. I can also advise whether spousal support applies and how a judge would likely rule if the case goes to trial.

If you need an experienced Salem spousal support attorney, call me today at 503-298-4419 or 800-743-3002, or contact me online to schedule a consultation.