Child support is calculated using the Oregon Child Support Guidelines. Whether you are going through a divorce, custody or paternity action, these guidelines determine child support obligations. Child support is primarily based on the parents' incomes and the amount of time a child spends with each parent. The child support guidelines are developed by the Oregon Department of Justice Child Support Program and incorporate other factors including (but not limited to) the number of children in a family, health care and child care costs.
In most cases the court will order the support amount which comes from the guideline calculator, but there are instances when the support calculation can be rebutted. Some factors which the court may consider are special needs of the child or travel costs associated with a long distance parenting plan. There may be other reasons to deviate from the guideline calculation and you should consult an experienced attorney to ensure the child support obligation is just.
Adult children in Oregon between the ages of 18 and 21 may be eligible to receive child support if they meet certain qualifications: they are attending college or trade school at least half time and they are making adequate academic progress.
Click here to access the Oregon child support calculator.