Salem, Oregon, Child Support Attorney
Keizer, Oregon, Alimony Lawyer
After a divorce, many people know that they need financial support, but they are not sure how much or what type of support they are eligible for. Whether you are wondering about spousal support or child support, an experienced lawyer can help you understand what to expect.
At the Law Office of Gordon L. Dick, we help clients understand their financial obligations and rights. Our Salem, Oregon, child support attorney educates clients about alimony and child support payments.
Various Types of Spousal Support
In Oregon, spousal support is a component that may be applied to every marital situation. The question tends to not be if you will get support, but how much and what type you will receive for how long. We help clients understand the three types of support available:
- Transitional: Transitional spousal support is awarded to individuals who have the ability to support themselves after the divorce but will need time and financial assistance during the transition. In these situations, support is awarded for a limited amount of time.
- Maintenance: Spousal support is awarded when one spouse sacrificed his or her career in order to raise the family and maintain the home. Spousal support is usually awarded when couples have been married for a considerable amount of time and would otherwise be unable to maintain the lifestyle that he or she has become accustomed to during the marriage.
- Compensatory: Compensatory spousal support is awarded if one spouse enabled the other spouse to achieve a career they might not have been able to achieve on their own. This includes supporting a spouse financially as they get more education, offering labor hours when a new practice is opened and other similar support methods. Spousal support may be awarded to pay back for career achievements.
Spousal support is determined based on a many factors that include health, career achievements, ability to work and monetary gains from the marriage. Working with an attorney allows clients to look at the individual factors in the equation and make sure they receive the support they deserve.
Understanding Child Support
We work with clients to help them understand the factors that are used to determine child support payments and to determine whether or not it is possible to modify the amount they pay or receive. Because child support payments are based on a variety of factors, many people who are self-employed find it especially helpful to work with an attorney to determine their support guidelines.