Oklahoma courts can provide for spousal support (alimony) following a divorce. The criteria considered in an award of spousal support include: need of the recipient and the ability to pay of the payor. Spousal support is usually considered “rehabilitative” to help the recipient make the transition to entering the workforce and setting up an independent household. Spousal support is tax deductible by the paying spouse and treated as taxable income to the recipient spouse under the Internal Revenue Code. This means there are possible income tax advantages to the individual paying spousal support.
The type of spousal support, its amount, and its duration all depend on the specific facts of your case. It is important for your lawyer to carefully assess the facts and provide a reasoned assessment of support issues. Attorney Luelling will work with you to identify the types of support that may be at issue and arrange of outcomes for the amount and duration of spousal support.