Legal Assistance With Spousal and Child Support Payments
Support payments can be complex. On one hand, they can be seen as much needed financial assistance designed to help the person receiving the payments. On the other, they can be viewed as a vindictive way to get as much money as possible from the payer. Wherever you stand on the issue, an experienced spousal support attorney at Brasier Law can explain your rights and build a plan to help you reach your objectives.
We have extensive experience representing men and women in Portland and SW Washington in a range of spousal and child support matters. For a free phone consultation, call 503-855-4777.
Courts generally want both parties in a divorce to leave the marriage on equal footing. Therefore, sometimes one person will receive spousal support for a specified period of time. This payment, referred to as alimony in some states, can be determined by the parties themselves or by a judge.
The following factors are taken into account for spousal support:
- Any income discrepancy
- Each party’s employment ability
- The length of the marriage
- Any health issues
- The age of the parties
Either you and your spouse or the court determine the amount and duration of the spousal support payments. Our firm can represent you in these negotiations or litigation, helping you develop a solid plan for achieving your goals. We can also help you obtain a temporary spousal support order.
Oregon law assumes both parents pay equally for a child. Whether you are going through a divorce or you were never married to your child’s other parent, you need to speak with an experienced attorney to learn about your child support rights and responsibilities.
Payments are determined according to state guidelines and consider:
- The income of both parents
- Any spousal support payments
- Number of children from a previous marriage
- Health care insurance premiums
- Daycare expenses
Although the state generally follows the guidelines closely, the court can deviate from the formula by agreement of the parents or for other reasons. A skilled lawyer can help ensure all relevant factors are calculated into the payments, including credits for additional parenting time. We can also help with temporary child support when appropriate.
Guiding You Through Support Issues
To discuss your spousal support or child support needs with our team, contact us online and schedule a free phone consultation.
Representing clients in Oregon & SW Washington, our firm maintains two offices in Portland one in downtown and another in Clackamas county. Evening and weekend appointments are available upon request. Credit cards are accepted.