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Alimony Attorneys, Spousal Support Oklahoma

Sometimes when going through a divorce or separation, a spouse may be in need of spousal support until they get their feet on the ground. They could have no individual income, and may require assistance until they obtain their own job and their own individual financial capabilities.

Being that divorce occurs in approximately 50% of marriages, it also places spousal support at the high end of the spectrum in terms of public policy. With children and households to take care of, spousal support becomes an absolute necessity to survive.

Don’t despair. There are many out there just like you. You could be the spouse that needs to provide support, or you may be the spouse that requires support. Either way, Privett Law can help you gain an understanding of this issue. Contact the firm today to schedule a full consultation regarding your spousal support issue in Oklahoma.

Labels and Definitions of Spousal Support

Below are the different forms of payment that could fall within the realm of spousal support in Oklahoma: 

Alimony - Payments made during a separation and subsequent to divorce, also known as spousal support. 

Child Support – Payments made from the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent for the purpose of providing basic necessities and lifestyle maintenance to the children of the marriage. 

Rehabilitative Support - Payments made to the supported spouse to allow that party to gain the education and training necessary to obtain an employment position for the purpose of becoming financially self-sustaining.

Difference in Oklahoma Support Labels

What difference does it make which label is used? The first difference is the purpose/theory behind the support payment. This is important because of the tax consequences of these different types of payments. For example, alimony, family support, separate maintenance payments, and spousal support could be deductible from the income of the spouse making the payment.

Determining Alimony Or Spousal Support?

Different factors used to determine the amount of alimony or spousal support, and examples include:

1. The probability of maintaining the established standard of living during the marriage 

2. The need of one spouse or another to gain, continue or develop marketable skills by way of education and/or training in order to establish gainful employment. 

3. The potential limit on earning capacity, present or future, due to past periods of unemployment incurred by one spouse for the purpose of furthering the marriage by way of domestic duties. 

4. The contribution the supported spouse made that enabled the other party to obtain the education and/or training necessary to obtain a career or professional position. 

5. The ability of the proposed payor to reasonably make support payments. The age and overall medical conditions of both spouses.

Oklahoma Family Lawyer

There are other factors that can be used when the amount of spousal support is being determined that are typically based upon the standard of living established during the marriage, and after taking into consideration the facts and circumstances with respect to the spouses. Contact Privett Law today to schedule a consultation regarding your Oklahoma spousal support issue.