You can sue him for divorce, to be sure. Oregon allows no-fault divorces - you don't need any particular reason to get divorced. Just saying that you want to is enough. The Courts have recognized that it's not in anyone's interests for judges to be the arbiters of which spouse was behaving more badly to the other.
By the same logic, a spouse's bad behavior during a marriage does not entitle the other spouse to money. Spousal support is based upon each partner's needs and contributions, not their prior conduct. Specifically, there are three types of spousal support that can be ordered under Oregon law:
Transitional support: This is ordered on a temporary basis, to allow a spouse who has been supported by the other to find work and become self-sufficient.
Compensatory support: This is ordered on behalf of a spouse who made a significant contribution to the other spouse's earning capacity, typically by helping them pay for school or otherwise advance in their profession. The spouse who was assisted in this way may be asked to compensate the spouse who made sacrifices to help them.
Spousal maintenance: This is ordered for a person who has spent so long supported by their spouse, they are incapable of supporting themselves and divorcing any other way. It is typically ordered only in marriages that have lasted many years.
Spousal support is never automatic, and is ordered at the discretion of the court. You should consult with an attorney if you want to know if spousal support will apply in your case.
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Nope! Sorry your husband turned out to be someone other than who you thought you were marrying. Your only way out is a divorce. Consult with a Eugene divorce attorney. Good luck.
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