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What Is Child Support?
Following divorce and custody cases, child support is one of the biggest ongoing expenses parents face.
Child support payments fund the continuing care of your children and are part of your duty as a parent.
They are court-ordered payments that provide for food, shelter, clothing, and other necessities.
While many other areas of family law are more open to interpretation, child support has rigid boundaries and definitions.
In California, child support takes a wide array of financial factors into account, but it follows a strict, uniform formula.
How Are Payments Calculated?
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.
When determining child support in Oregon, the courts look at your gross income. As opposed to your take-home pay, this number is what you earn before removing any deductions.
This includes monthly salary before taxes and also accounts for income coming from other sources, like bonuses or commissions.
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Calculate Your Own Responsibility
To get started:
- Collect specific information about your income, finances, and taxes.
- You need your most recent tax returns, paycheck stubs, and tax forms, like W-2s or 1099s.
- any paperwork that documents disability or unemployment benefits,
- child health care costs,
- mandatory fees like union dues or retirement contributions,
- job-related expenses,
- support payments for other children,
- spousal support payments,
- or similar costs, collect those.
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.