The following is a summary of Oregon alimony laws, and is by no means intended to be an all-inclusive description of what to expect in your particular case. In some cases, the exact text of the statute may have been simplified and/or modified to provide for easier understanding. For a more specific understanding of the laws, you should consult the full Oregon Code and/or consult with an attorney about how the law might apply to your particular situation.

Guidelines in Determining Alimony.

In awarding alimony, Oregon laws do not consider the fault of either party in causing the grounds for divorce. Oregon laws allow the court to order one of the following types of spousal support, for a period of time as may be just and equitable, in gross or in installments or both:

  1. Transitional spousal support as needed for a party to attain education and training necessary to allow the party to prepare for reentry into the job market or for advancement. The factors to be considered by the court in awarding transitional spousal support include but are not limited to:
    1. The duration of the marriage;
    2. A party’s training and employment skills;
    3. A party’s work experience;
    4. The financial needs and resources of each party;
    5. The tax consequences to each party;
    6. A party’s custodial and child support responsibilities; and
    7. Any other factors the court deems just and equitable.
  2. Compensatory spousal support when there has been a significant financial or other contribution by one party to the education, training, vocational skills, career or earning capacity of the other party and when an order for compensatory spousal support is otherwise just and equitable in all of the circumstances. The factors to be considered by the court in awarding compensatory spousal support include but are not limited to:
    1. The amount, duration and nature of the contribution;
    2. The duration of the marriage;
    3. The relative earning capacity of the parties;
    4. The extent to which the marital estate has already benefited from the contribution;
    5. The tax consequences to each party; and
    6. Any other factors the court deems just and equitable.
  3. Spousal maintenance as a contribution by one spouse to the support of the other for either a specified or an indefinite period. The factors to be considered by the court in awarding spousal maintenance include but are not limited to:
    1. The duration of the marriage;
    2. The age of the parties;
    3. The health of the parties, including their physical, mental and emotional condition;
    4. The standard of living established during the marriage;
    5. The relative income and earning capacity of the parties;
    6. A party’s training and employment skills;
    7. A party’s work experience;
    8. The financial needs and resources of each party;
    9. The tax consequences to each party;
    10. A party’s custodial and child support responsibilities; and
    11. Any other factors the court deems just and equitable.

-From 107.105 of the Oregon Statutes.

 

This information has been summarized from the Oregon statutes. You can find the full-text version of these and other Oregon divorce statutes online here: Oregon Divorce Laws.

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