Providing for your children is an obligation of parenthood. Child support is often one of the biggest expenses parents face after divorce and custody cases.

These payments help cover the cost of food, shelter, clothing, and other daily necessities. Many areas of family law remain open to interpretation. Child support, on the other hand, doesn’t work that way.

In Oregon, child support initially follows a consistent, uniform formula.

It takes a number of factors into account, but the equation stays the same from case to case. On occasion, the courts can deviate from the formula based on qualifying circumstances. Factors like unique financial hardships and travel considerations can lead to variations.

Providing for your children is an obligation of parenthood. Child support is often one of the biggest expenses parents face after divorce and custody cases.

These payments help cover the cost of food, shelter, clothing, and other daily necessities. Many areas of family law remain open to interpretation. Child support, on the other hand, doesn’t work that way.

In Oregon, child support initially follows a consistent, uniform formula.

It takes a number of factors into account, but the equation stays the same from case to case. On occasion, the courts can deviate from the formula based on qualifying circumstances. Factors like unique financial hardships and travel considerations can lead to variations.

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What is Child Support?

Barring extreme circumstances, a father has the right to be part of his child’s life. This means on a regular basis and in a meaningful way.

Both parents have equal rights and opportunities to pursue custody.

In the areas we serve, Oregon and Washington, it’s your right as a father to request custody. If awarded custody, you may also petition the court for child support. These payments help cover the costs of necessities for your child.

This includes food, shelter, clothing, health-care, and other routine expenses.

Even if the court doesn't grant you custody, you have the right see your children. Regular, reasonable visitation is your right as father under the law. Additionally, it’s your right for this time to remain free from interference by the other parent.

Barring extreme circumstances, a father has the right to be part of his child’s life. This means on a regular basis and in a meaningful way.

Both parents have equal rights and opportunities to pursue custody.

In the areas we serve, Oregon and Washington, it’s your right as a father to request custody. If awarded custody, you may also petition the court for child support. These payments help cover the costs of necessities for your child.

This includes food, shelter, clothing, health-care, and other routine expenses.

Even if the court doesn't grant you custody, you have the right see your children. Regular, reasonable visitation is your right as father under the law. Additionally, it’s your right for this time to remain free from interference by the other parent.

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How is Child Support Calculated?

To start, you need to gather documents related to your income, taxes, and finances. At the very least, collect your most recent tax return, pay stubs, and tax forms.

Also, if you have them, round up any paperwork related to disability or unemployment benefits, child health care costs, job-related expenses, and mandatory fees, like union dues or retirement contributions.

If you pay child support for other children, make spousal support payments, or have other comparable expenses, gather the relevant documents. Those can also impact the amount.

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Oregon’s child support formula looks like a math equation. You plug in numbers and it gives you the presumptive amount.

However, just like having a professional look at your taxes, there may be items an experienced attorney sees that will benefit you.

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When couples can’t come to terms on these or other important issues, they often must go through arbitration or mediation. If such methods of alternative dispute resolution don’t work, you may ultimately find yourself in trial.


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How We Can Help

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At Goldberg Jones, family law is all we do. Our Portland-based attorneys offer real child support answers over the phone at no cost to you.

Assessment

No two cases are ever the same. Our managing attorney, Colin Amos, assesses your situation and explores your options.

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As a practice, we’re dedicated to protecting your rights as a father. We take dynamic, assertive steps to support you and your children.
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