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Oregon law requires both parents to take financial responsibility for their children after a divorce or if they are unmarried. In most cases, the noncustodial parent makes child support payments to the custodial parent. This is based on the idea that the custodial parent is already supporting the child through day-to-day care. Child support payments will be calculated by Oregon state guidelines which take into account the income and expenses of the supporting parent, the number of children to be supported, and other factors.
Call Hedman Family Law for legal help with any child support issue at (503) 506-7887.
If you need legal help with an order for child support, Hedman Family Law is here for you. Our Gresham child support lawyers can request a hearing with an administrative law judge on your behalf to present evidence in your favor. Our family law attorneys have years of experience handling these matters in local courts.
Facts about Child Support in Oregon
As a noncustodial parent, how much time you spend caring for your child will impact the amount you will pay in child support payments. The Oregon Department of Social Services provides a child support payment calculator as well as a parenting time calculator to help you estimate what your payment will be.
Factors that will impact your child support payments include:
- Gross monthly wages, salary, or income
- Spousal support you are paying
- Financial support you pay for other children (as in a previous marriage)
- Social Security or veteran’s benefits the child receives through you
Unemployment or underemployment are not considered valid reasons to be released from child support obligations. If you have the potential to work, the court will determine your potential income and calculate support payments from there.
Both parents can go before a judge prior to finalizing a child support order if they wish to explain why the payments should be adjusted. Based on the evidence presented, the judge will decide the appropriate amount of child support to be ordered.
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