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Spousal support awards can affect your finances for years

After a divorce is finalized, an alimony award, also known as spousal support can last for a short period or permanently depending on your circumstances. Therefore, it is crucial that you fight for a fair settlement and do not agree to anything without consulting an attorney. Whether you are seeking alimony or will be required to pay it, we work hard to achieve an equitable arrangement. Located in Salem, Oregon, the lawyers at Johnson & Taylor are motivated to settle your matter quickly and fairly out of court, but is not impossible, we are ready to go to go to court and aggressively represent you.

What types of alimony are there, and how does a prenuptial agreement affect alimony?

There are three different types of spousal support, and the divorce judgment is required to list the type in place. The court can order just one type or more than one, depending on the circumstances:

  • Transitional support This is usually a short-term award. The judge considers how much money is needed to help one spouse get training or education that allows the person to become self-sufficient.
  • Compensatory support — This type of support is designed to reimburse a spouse for contribution to the education and/or career of the other spouse.
  • Spousal maintenance — The judge looks at many factors to determine how much money is required to allow a spouse to maintain the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage. This award can vary in length and can even be permanent.

Prenuptial agreements may modify or eliminate spousal support as long as both parties entered the agreement willingly and fully disclosed all financial information. A judge can still order spousal support even when there is a prenuptial agreement, depending on the nature and result of the agreement.

Spousal support can be a large financial obligation for many years for the breadwinner of a marriage. For the other spouse, the amount of alimony can mean the difference between maintaining a certain standard of living and suddenly having financial difficulty. The family law attorneys at Johnson & Taylor work for our clients to ensure that they are treated fairly in all divorce matters.

Many elements go into calculating the amount of alimony awarded

During the divorce process, a judge considers many factors when deciding how much spousal support to award and for how long. A few of the common factors that affect the amount, type and duration of alimony include:

  • Transitional support
    • Duration of the marriage
    • Spouse’s current training/employment skills
    • Spouse’s work experience
    • Financial needs/resources of both parties
  • Compensatory support
    • Amount, duration and nature of contribution
    • Duration of the marriage
    • Relative earning capacities of the parties
    • Extent to which the contribution benefited the marital estate
  • Spousal maintenance
    • Duration of the marriage
    • Age of the parties
    • Health of the parties
    • Standard of living during the marriage
    • Financial needs/resources of the parties
    • Custody of minor children

This is a list of some of the factors that may go into deciding a spousal support award. The inquiry into spousal support is a complicated one and is greatly affected by your ability to state your case clearly. Johnson & Taylor offers the knowledge, skill and tenacious representation you need to get a fair spousal support judgment and can also help modify, terminate or enforce existing spousal support orders.

Work with an Oregon law firm committed to getting you an equitable spousal support award

Whether you are paying or receiving spousal support, you want the amount to be equitable. The award could last for years or be permanent, so you want to get it right the first time. The Salem, Oregon, attorneys at Johnson & Taylor are knowledgeable about the many factors involved in spousal support awards and are the advocates you need to get your side of the story heard. We speak Spanish and are conveniently located in downtown Salem near the courthouse.  Contact us at 503-990-6641 or online.