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Child Support Basics in Oregon

Published October 28, 2020
Child support can be a challenging process to navigate, especially if you are in the middle of a stressful divorce. There are several tools to help you estimate the amount of child support you may be required to make (or receive), and it’s worth it to share your concerns with a family law attorney. 

When it comes to the divorce process in Oregon, matters that involve your children can be the most difficult to navigate, as emotions tend to run high. As a parent, you want your child to receive all of the emotional, social, and financial support they need in order to enjoy a stable future–especially if that future now looks quite different from what you’d envisioned. Once child custody arrangements are established, you and the court will need to determine whether child support payments are appropriate. Typically, the non-custodial parent will be required to pay child support to the custodial parent to help cover the costs associated with raising the child. Let’s take a look at how child support works in Oregon, and what you can expect from the process.

The Goal of Child Support

The court recognizes that the parent with primary custody of the child after the divorce will likely need financial support to assist with providing for the child. In most cases, the non-custodial parent will be required to make monthly child support payments to the custodial parent until the child turns 18 years old. If the child goes on to enroll in college or a training program, the payments may continue. These payments are intended to ensure that the child has enough financial support to secure basic items like clothing and meals, as well as the funds to participate in afterschool activities, field trips, and other enriching programs. Ultimately, the court wants to make sure that every child is still financially secure following the divorce, and that they can enjoy a stable childhood.

Calculating Child Support Payments

In order to determine how much the non-custodial parent will owe in child support, the court will examine several factors. If you want to estimate the approximate amount of child support you (or your ex) will be ordered to pay, consult the Oregon Child Support Guidelines Calculator and provide the requested information. The judge will consider a variety of information, such as the income and earning capacity of each parent, the amount of time each parent spends with the child, and more. In addition to financial support, the court will ask one or both parents to pay for the child’s health insurance, medical costs, or other costs, such as daycare. To learn more about how child support is calculated in Oregon, contact a knowledgeable family law attorney for specifics.

Requesting a Child Support Modification

The court recognizes that circumstances in our lives are likely to change, and we may find ourselves unable to afford the child support payments. If you would like to petition the court for a modification to an existing child support order, you must demonstrate what changes have occurred that have impacted your ability to pay. Perhaps you recently lost a job, or you’ve remarried and must now support a growing family as well. Whatever your reason may be, discuss your situation with an attorney who can help you successfully obtain a modification that’s more aligned with your new financial reality.


For more information about the child support process in the greater Portland area, or for top-notch legal guidance regarding your divorce or family law matter, contact the friendly team at Lee Tyler Family Law, P.C. by calling (503) 233-8868 today.

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