Following up on our article about child support, we decided there are some things we think people facing divorce or who already have spousal support should know.
1. In Oregon there is more than one kind of spousal support with different rules for each.
2. Maintenance Support in Oregon
3. The second kind is called “transitional” support.
4. The third and final type is called “compensatory” support.
5. Substantial change in circumstance can be grounds for modification of support.
6. Spousal support is always tax deductible to the person paying it.
7. Spousal support has to be reported as income for the person receiving it.
The person receiving support has to report the spousal support as income for tax purposes. This is the opposite of child support, which is not considered income for taxes. If you are going to be receiving spousal support, be sure you plan ahead for the tax hit you will take come April.
We hope this was a helpful look at the different Oregon spousal support options. Every case is different and requires an attorney experienced in navigating and negotiating the best options for the specifics of that situation, so this is meant as a tool for understanding your case and speaking with your attorney. You may interested in reading this guide to finding an attorney you will work well with or this article about what to avoid in a family law attorney.