Deanna Ballou Jensen has over 25 years of experience as a family law attorney. Much... more
Deanna Ballou Jensen has over 25 years of experience as a family law attorney. Much of her practice at this point involves complex cases in all areas of family law. Her law firm, Jensen Leiberan has an AV ratingin the Martindale-HubbellRegister of Preeminent Lawyers. She has been a member of the bar in Oregon since 2001. Prior to that she was a member of the bar in Virginia and in New Jersey. ... view profile
When an ex-spouse makes payments to a former spouse after the divorce, the payments are called alimony. Alimony payments (also called spousal support) are intended to preserve the lifestyle the former spouse enjoyed before the divorce. Unlike child support, which is a required payment to fund a child's necessities, no one is guaranteed alimony. If a couple can't agree, a judge decides whether to award alimony. A divorce lawyer who specializes in alimony knows what information you need to calculate alimony, and can also help if you feel your ex-spouse is asking for too much alimony.