Oregon Spousal Support Statistics

  • Across the United States, 10.5 percent of marriages end in divorce.
  • In Oregon, 12.5 percent of marriages end in divorce.
  • Multnomah County has the highest rate of divorce in Oregon, with approximately 2,500 divorces each year. This accounts for almost 20 percent of all Oregon divorces.
  • In Portland specifically, 12.8 percent of residents are divorced.
  • Oregon ranks 14th among all states when it comes to the total number of divorces each year.
  • For marriages that end in divorce, the average length of a marriage is just under eight years.
  • The average age for a first marriage is currently, 26.9 for men and 25.3 for women.

The top ten cities in Oregon with the highest divorce rates are:

  • Tillamook
  • Junction City
  • Seaside
  • Creswell
  • St. Helens
  • Eagle Point
  • Pendleton
  • Molalla
  • Umatilla
  • Baker City

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 243,000 people received spousal support payments in 2016. Of those, 98 percent were women.

There are three types of spousal support in Oregon:

  • Transitional
  • Compensatory
  • Spousal maintenance

While courts awarded spousal support in about 25 percent of all divorces in the 1960s, that figure has dropped significantly. Currently, only about 10 percent of divorces cases involve an award of spousal support.

In 2000, just 2.5 percent of spousal support recipients were men. As of 2010, that figure has increased to 3 percent.

Spousal support is negotiated in between 90 to 95 percent of all divorce cases.

Sixty-five percent of women and 52 percent of men said that financial matters cause them the most stress.

In 2020, women will make 81 cents for every dollar a man makes. Over a 40-year career, this can amount to a total difference in pay of about $900,000.

The professions with the highest gender pay gap are:

  • Sales
  • Education
  • Farming and agriculture
  • Building maintenance
  • Legal
  • Management

The occupations with the least significant gender pay gap are:

  • Architecture and engineering
  • Arts, design and entertainment
  • Community and social services
  • Healthcare support
  • Office and administrative support
  • Life, physical and social sciences