Ronald Johnston, an experienced Portland Oregon divorce attorney, uses special software to calculate child support scenarios.
Johnston’s goal is to help his clients obtain a support order that’s in the best interest of their child.
Oregon family courts use a set of guidelines to determine a presumptively correct amount of child support. These guidelines take several things into account:
- Both parents’ income (actual or potential)
- Spousal support owed to, or by, either parent
- Required union dues
- Whether the child is paid social security or veterans’ benefits on behalf of a retired or disabled parent
- Health insurance costs for the parent if required to enroll the child
- The child’s health insurance premiums
- Any uninsured medical expenses
- Whether the parent financially supports another child
- Childcare costs if the child is under 13 years old or disabled
- Parenting time credit based on percentage share of total overnights
The presumed amount of child support can be adjusted if the court feels like it’s in the best interest of the child. Possible reasons for adjustment include the child having special needs, tax issues, and the income of a spouse or domestic partner.
While the presumed amount can be adjusted, this is not very common.
Calculating child support can be a very confusing and involved process. For assistance, contact Ronald Johnston now, a Portland Oregon divorce attorney with 40 years of experience practicing family law.