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Alimony Lawyers In Salem, Oregon

Even in an amicable divorce, knowing your rights under the law is crucial. Whether you’re seeking spousal support or are required to pay it, our experienced alimony lawyers are here to aggressively represent your interests and help you achieve an equitable agreement. Our legal team helps you understand the elements that go into determining alimony amounts and can negotiate an alimony agreement that works for everyone involved.

Types Of Alimony

There are three different types of spousal support. Your divorce judgment is required to list the type that’s put in place. Depending on the circumstances, the court may order just one type of support or more than one.

Transitional support is usually a short-term award. With this type of alimony, the judge considers how much money is needed to help one spouse obtain training or education that allows them to become self-sufficient.

Compensatory support is designed to compensate one spouse for their contributions to the education and/or career of the other spouse.

Spousal maintenance can vary in length and can even be permanent. The court takes many factors into consideration to determine how much money is required for a spouse to maintain the standard of living they enjoyed during the marriage.

How Do Prenuptial Agreements Affect Alimony Payments?

Prenuptial agreements may eliminate or modify spousal support as long as both parties provided full financial disclosure and entered willingly into the agreement when it was created. Depending on the nature and result of the agreement, in some cases a judge may order spousal support even when there is a prenuptial agreement. Our alimony lawyers are well-versed in handling all aspects of family law. We can review your prenuptial agreement and work to ensure your interests are protected.

How Are Alimony Amounts Determined?

Many elements go into calculating the amount of alimony that’s awarded to a spouse. During the divorce process, a judge considers many determinants that affect the amount, type and duration of alimony, such as:

Transitional support:

  • A spouse’s current training, employment skills, and work experience
  • The financial needs and resources of both parties
  • The duration of the marriage

Compensatory support:

  • The amount, duration, and nature of one spouse’s contribution to the other’s education or career
  • The duration of the marriage
  • Relative earning capacities of both parties
  • The extent to which the contribution benefited the marital estate

Spousal maintenance:

  • The duration of the marriage
  • The age of both parties
  • The health of both parties
  • The standard of living they enjoyed during the marriage
  • The financial needs and resources of both parties
  • Custody of minor children

The duration and amount of alimony that may be awarded varies depending on your specific circumstances.

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Our Albany Alimony Lawyers Are Committed To Getting An Equitable Award For You

Spousal support is a complex issue that can be fraught with emotion. For the breadwinner of a marriage, alimony can be a large financial obligation that may last for decades. For others, the amount of alimony they receive can mean the difference between maintaining a certain standard of living and suddenly having to deal with serious financial difficulty.

Our alimony lawyers have the experience and tenacious representation you need to obtain a fair judgment. We can often achieve this through negotiation or mediation, but will gladly advocate for you in court if needed. If you need assistance with modifying, terminating or enforcing an existing spousal support order, we can help with that, too. Whether you’re paying or receiving spousal support, our knowledgeable legal team understands the factors involved and what it takes to reach a fair agreement.

Contact Our Alimony Lawyers In Salem, Oregon

At Johnson and Taylor, our attorneys are the advocates you need to tell your side of the story and protect your financial security. Members of our family law team are fluent in Spanish and serve clients in Marion, Polk, Linn, and Yamhill counties. Contact us online or call 503-990-6641 to schedule a consultation today.