Child support and spousal support are determined in very different ways. At Jensen & Leiberan, Attorneys at Law, we understand that money matters turn some divorces into ugly battles. Our job is to base support orders on the facts so that both parties can move on to the next chapter of their lives while maintaining a certain level of financial security.
For help in determining child support and spousal support agreements, contact us at 503-446-2521.
Family Law Attorneys Helping You Get a Fair Award of Spousal Support
Spousal support is indefinite, but not permanent. Each of the three types of spousal support, (compensatory, maintenance and transitional) are governed by different rules and are subject to a great deal of judicial discretion. Even if an award of indefinite support is made, that support can be modified or even terminated if circumstances change significantly either for the person receiving the support or the person paying the support. Generally, spousal support is treated as taxable income to the person receiving it, and is tax deductible for the person paying it.
Unlike the case with child support, there is no formal calculator that can be followed to determine the amount of spousal support that will be awarded. Each case is specific and dependent on a variety of factors including the lifestyle of the parties during the marriage, the physical condition of the party receiving support, the degree to which one spouse contributed to the ability of the other spouse to make their current level of income, whether there are children with special needs, whether the person receiving support has high health insurance payments, and a myriad of other facts specific to each case.
Oregon and Washington Family Law Attorneys Helping You Determine the Facts Needed to Apply the State Created Child Support Guidelines.
Even though child support is generally determined using strict guidelines based on income, child care costs, parenting time and medical insurance, the guidelines can only be fairly applied if you know all of the relevant facts. At Jensen & Leiberan, Attorneys at Law, our family law attorneys understand that a self-employed spouse or business entrepreneur can hide income. Our job is to help you get the facts to fairly apply the guidelines. We employ forensic accountants, business appraisers and other professionals to help us determine both parties actual income. Child support is not taxable income to the person receiving it and is the not tax deductible for the person paying it.
For more information or to schedule an appointment with an Oregon or Washington attorney who is experienced in spousal support (alimony) and child support, please contact us.