CPA, Tax Preparer - to help you understand the tax choices and implications of a potential settlement
Financial Planner, Certified Divorce Planner - to help you make a detailed plan for the future, and identify personal needs and predict the long-term effect of various options considered
Appraiser, Real Estate Agent, Mortgage Broker, Bank - to help you explore options around selling a house, refinancing a house and/or buying a house.
Debt Counseling and Consolidation Services - to help you work out a plan for paying off debt (look for non-profit companies)
Attorney - to help you understand the legal process and analyze your options in with an understanding of predicted outcomes in the legal system (the attorney may act in a consulting role or a representative role)
Books, Internet Resources, Videos, etc. - self-help resources to help you learn about divorce and separation, to understand the process and your own reactions to it
(For an outstanding example of an Oregon site, see www.ojd.state.or.us)
MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS
Individual Therapist - to help you to process your feelings and find ways to move forward
Group Therapist - to help you normalize and see the success of others
Couples Therapist - to help the two of you to focus on deeper relational work than mediation offers
Psychiatrist - if you might need deeper treatment and/or medical intervention
County Mandated or Private Classes - to help you to understand your child's needs and point of view
Vocational Counselor - to help you to form a career plan
College Counselor - to help you explore specific programs, admittance requirements, timeline, costs
Transitional Classes - to help you gain self-confidence and practical skills for re-entry into the workforce (formerly called "Displaced Homemaker" classes)
In determining the amount of alimony, the Oregon court considers the duration of the marriage, the recipient's education, current skills and previous employment experience, the financial needs and resources available for each party, the tax consequences of paying or receiving alimony, and the financial responsibility for children. The court may consider other factors deemed relevant to make a ruling on support that it considers just and equitable.
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