During the duration of the marriage, it is common for one spouse to make significant sacrifices or personal concessions for the career or education of the other. When the marriage comes to a close, that individual often feels at a disadvantage starting a new life.
At Brasier Law we represent clients in the midst of divorce as they begin the next chapter of their lives. We help spouses get the support that they need to start over in the best possible position.
Portland Spousal Support Attorney
There are three main forms of spousal support:
Compensatory support – This is awarded when one spouse made significant sacrifices for the other’s career or education. For instance, if one spouse worked while the other spouse gained a valuable degree or educational achievement such as a medical or law degree.
Maintenance support – This is awarded if a spouse would suffer a sizeable change in lifestyle due to the divorce. Oregon and Washington both try, as much as possible, to maintain the parties’ accustomed lifestyle.
Transitional support — Helps one parent afford specific skills or education that will allow him or her to equalize earning capacity with that of the higher-earning spouse.
The decision on spousal support payment is largely left to the discretion of the judge in the case. Some judges are more likely to award than others. They will consider factors such as income, age and assets of the spouses. They will also consider conditions like the earning capacity and education of both. Another important determining factor is the duration of the marriage.
Oregon & Washington Alimony Attorney
We will take an individualized look at your situation, evaluating the numbers and what makes sense for both parties. We will help you determine a fair amount that will likely be agreed upon. There is risk in going to court as there is no way of definitively saying what will or will not happen. We will position your case for the most likely positive outcome.
Our lawyers are highly experienced in arguing these cases on behalf of our clients, based on the numbers that we have. We provide an honest evaluation of where the situation stands, understanding how to position the numbers in court to provide the judge your side of the financial situation.
You can be assured that we have the experience required to fight for your interests in the proceedings. We are committed to helping to position you for financial security in the future.
To arrange an initial consultation to learn how we can help you in your spousal support and alimony concerns, please contact our law firm today at 503-855-4777.