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If a spouse worked as a homemaker for a partner who had an economically advantageous position due to the joint efforts of both spouses, alimony or spousal support will be awarded as compensation.
The recipient of alimony or spousal support must make a reasonable effort to become self-supporting within 10 years or the support may be terminated.
In Oregon alimony influences the distribution of property, and it can become intricately involved in a divorce settlement. When spouses are unable to reach an agreement on this issue, the Circuit Court can order support on a case-by-case basis.
Support payments may be deducted from federal taxes, and the recipient must pay income tax on the payments.
Types of Alimony
Oregon awards three different types of spousal support in a divorce. They are:
Factors Considered by the Court
Alimony is discretionary in Oregon. According to Oregon Statutes - Volume 2 - Sections: 107.036, 107.105, 107.412, the court awards transitional spousal support after considering:
The court awards compensatory spousal support after considering:
The court awards spousal maintenance after considering:
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