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How to properly determine spousal support during divorce.

To determine spousal support in Oregon unfortunately there isn’t a calculator. So there are two pieces of a spousal support award, there’s the duration and there’s the amount. Typically the way that the court deals with duration is they take half of the number of years of marriage and that’s the starting point for the duration part of the equation. As far as the amount, what the court looks at is they look at the disparity of the incomes between the parties, the court will look at the lifestyle that the parties enjoyed during the marriage, the amount that the party receiving support contributed to the marriage and the income levels of the parties along with the needs and the ability to pay for the respective parties.