In nearly every case involving children, there will be an order for child support. Parents may wonder what factors will be used to determine how much should be ordered. Child support is one of the more straightforward areas of family law. Essentially specific factors are plugged into a formula and the formula comes up with a monthly amount of child support.
However, it is important to understand how the factors apply and how other decisions in your case can impact the amount of child support you either pay or receive. In any case involving child support, the Oregon courts will take several factors into consideration. These factors generally include:
In Oregon, child support may be owed after a child reaches the age of 18 if he or she is a “child attending school.” This type of support may be paid directly to the child rather than to the parent.
A judgment providing for the custody and support of a child will also include provisions for:
If you are the parent paying child support you will be paying the support to the other parent even though it is for the benefit of the children. If the custodial parent isn’t receiving support, that not only hurts the parent but the children as well.
Just as child support is for the benefit of the children, so is parenting time. Parties cannot use the non-payment of support as a reason to withhold parenting time from the other parent.
Parents who are not receiving court-ordered child support should seek enforcement from their local district attorney’s office. If an adjustment of is needed due to a change in circumstances, you may be able to get a modification without the assistance of an attorney. However, it is always helpful to consult with an attorney to make sure all factors are being properly evaluated.
At Proctor Law, PC in Beaverton, Oregon, we represent clients throughout the entire Portland metro area and beyond. We have extensive knowledge of the child support guidelines, including those for obtaining temporary support while your case goes through the circuit court process.
Our attorneys will explain your options and what factors influence them to help you make informed decisions about support and custody. If you are unmarried parents or spouses who are not getting a divorce, we also can assist with the administrative process to obtain child support.
If necessary, we can also help you through the process of establishing paternity, filiation, and determining your rights with regards to support and even parenting time.