When a couple goes through a divorce there are many aspects to consider. Both partners will face a number of questions and decisions as they begin to forge their newly separate lives. One such decision involves the establishment of a spousal support award, where one spouse provides financial support to the other spouse in order to ease the transition into their independent life. If you have questions about spousal support (also called “alimony”), get in touch with Kuzma Law, LLC to receive the comprehensive and accurate information you need during this challenging time.
The Goal of Spousal Support
While there are three types of spousal support, the general purpose of all of them is to ensure that the lower-earning spouse has enough financial support to start and/or continue a life on their own following the divorce. Spousal support may not be necessary in all divorces, but it is a solid option for couples whose individual income levels differ significantly. For instance, if one spouse gave up a career during the marriage in order to take care of the home or raise children, the higher-earning spouse may be ordered to make spousal support payments following the divorce in order to help the other support themselves while pursuing a degree or training program to make them more employable. Ultimately, the goal of spousal support is to make sure both spouses are financially able to forge new paths once the divorce is finalized.
Types of Spousal Support
Depending on the situation, there are three potential types of spousal support that are available in Oregon:
Transitional support is specifically designed to help the lower-earning spouse pursue an education or training program in order to enter (or reenter) the workforce.
Compensatory support is appropriate in cases where one spouse has significantly contributed to the other spouse’s education or earning capacity.
Spousal maintenance consists of regular payments that allow the spouse to continue to enjoy a standard of living similar to the one they had during the marriage.
Get Started Receiving Help About Spousal Support Today
If you are currently navigating a spousal support issue or dispute or just have questions about your rights, Kuzma Law, LLC can help you. Attorney Samuel J. Kuzma is dedicated to working with Portland clients and all other Oregonians to ensure they have what they need in order to forge a new path in life. Reach out today to learn more about our services.