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Oregon Spousal Support Lawyers

Oregon spousal support law is often a critical component in a divorce proceeding. One party may really need it. Or they may be trying to get something for nothing and not deserve or be entitled to alimony (“spousal support” under Oregon law). It is very important for all Oregon divorce lawyers to be knowledgeable about the intricacies of the spousal support process.

Forms of Oregon Spousal Support in a Divorce

There are various kinds of spousal support that exist for several different reasons.  Transitional support is to allow someone to get back into the workplace or transition into another job or to cover them during education. This is a temporary support obligation that runs out at the end of the term.


Compensatory support to to pay back someone for the money they spent and sacrifices they made to make you into what you are.  This is common when husband pays for wife’s medical school and then she leaves him. This is very inequitable and unfair to the husband and he may be entitled to compensatory support.

The final area of support is maintenance support. This can be permanent or may reduce over time.  It could be temporary. It is what we traditionally think about when discussing Oregon spousal support or alimony. It is to allow the party, typically the wife, to maintain a lifestyle consistent with what she had during the marriage. Of course, the standard of living varies greatly between Eugene, Portland, Bend, Medford, Albany and Corvallis.

This is often the most appealed of all spousal support judgments. Also the tax consequences are of great importance and often forgot by many Oregon divorce lawyers.

Hiring a Eugene Divorce Lawyer to Handle Alimony/Spousal Support Statewide

The Eugene attorneys of Arnold Law have both appealed support issues to the Court of Appeals (and won) and have tried countless trials involving support. This is important because your Eugene, Bend, or Portland divorce lawyer must be able to advise you on what judges usually do for support in a situation like yours in trial.

For more information about spousal support in Oregon, call 541-338-9111 or live chat (or fill out the form to the left).

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    Mother filed false stalking order against father. We won custody for father by showing that mother was making false accusations to gain advantage in the custody case.

    Hidden Asset Divorce - Tracking down values of foreign corporations

    Jacy Arnold represented wife. Discovery from husband appeared to be missing many documents and assets. Motions to compel were granted and Jacy was able to track down foreign corporations hidden by husband, stretching from the Netherlands to southeast Asia. Result: Substantial financial settlement was obtained for client.

    Father’s Rights—Parental Alienation with a Bumpy Past

    Obtained custody for Father after Mother filed a frivolous restraining order against Father and absconded with the children from Oregon to prevent Father from having contact with the children. Of special importance in this case was Mother and Father’s history of domestic violence and drug abuse. Father had completed his probation and treatment, and had achieved many months of sobriety. We were able to show the court through multiple hearings that he had been rehabilitated, had prepared to be the primary parent and was acting in the children’s best interests by seeking custody. We were able to get the restraining order dismissed, safely retrieve the children and return them to Oregon, and obtained orders to both safeguard Father’s relationship with the children and protect the family from future drug use and domestic violence.

    Father’s Rights—Abusive Wife Flees with baby

    Obtained custody for Husband and a safety focused parenting plan restricting Wife’s access after Wife disappeared from the marital home with the parties’ one-year old child. Wife had a history of drug and alcohol use, and had previously physically abused both Husband and the child. Ms. Gardner helped Father obtain emergency custody of the child under the Immediate Danger statute, located the child, and coordinated with law enforcement agencies and the Department of Human Services to safely bring the child home.

    Father flees with children to Oregon—conflicting jurisdiction

    In a contentious California divorce, Husband took the children for a short visit and then fled in secret with the children to Oregon, where he filed for divorce and custody of the children despite a pending divorce case in California and previous orders from the California court granting mother physical possession of the children while the case was pending due to past abuse by Husband against Wife. We helped the frantic Wife safely retrieve the children, and convinced the Oregon court after multiple days in trial to stay the custody proceeding in Oregon pursuant to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), allowing the California case to proceed. Wife returned to California safely with the children.

    Special Needs Parenting Time

    The years of physical and verbal abuse against Mother by Father adversely impacted the parties’ high functioning special needs child, who as a teenager began to exhibit alarming violent and sexualized behaviors at school as well as regression in communication and hygiene when Father sought to enforce his parenting time after an absence of several years. At trial, Father disputed the child’s diagnosis and blamed Mother for the child’s sexualized behavior. With the support and information provided by the child’s school teachers, therapists, community support group and friends called by Arnold Law to testify at trial, the Court crafted a child-centric parenting plan for the benefit of this troubled teen and ended Father’s cyclical aggressive contact with the child.