Child Support Expenses

Our Portland Family Attorney Discusses Child Support Calculations

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Child support helps to ensure that divorced or unmarried parents equally contribute to the care of their children. Oregon law provides a formula for calculating child support, which takes into account several factors. Portland family attorney Ronald Allen Johnston has been litigating child support issues for over 40 years, helping parents establish, enforce and defend child support awards. Ronald Johnston utilizes specialized computer software to calculate different child support scenarios quickly and easily based on a variety of variables. Our goal is to help parents obtain a child support order that is fair and in the best interests of the child.

Calculating Child Support in Oregon

Family courts in Oregon rely on the state’s child support guidelines to determine a presumptively correct amount of child support. These guidelines take into account several factors, including:

  • Parents’ actual or potential income
  • Spousal support owed to or by either parent
  • Mandatory union dues
  • Social Security or Veterans’ benefits paid to the child on behalf of a retired or disabled parent
  • Cost of health insurance for the parent if required to enroll the child
  • Health insurance premium for the child
  • Uninsured medical expenses
  • Support for additional children
  • Childcare costs for children under age 13 and older children with disabilities
  • Parenting time credit based on percentage share of total overnights

A court may decide to adjust the presumed amount based on the particular facts of a case, although deviation from the presumed amount is not very common. Special needs of the child, tax issues, and spouse or domestic partner income are all factors that may warrant an upward or downward adjustment. Special needs of the child might include ongoing therapy, medication, special schooling, tutoring, dietary restrictions, etc. Experienced Portland divorce attorney Ronald Allen Johnston can evaluate your case to determine whether you may have cause to rebut the presumed amount of child support.

Expenses Not Included in Child Support Calculations

Extracurricular activities, such as sports and music lessons, and other entertainment-related expenses usually do not qualify as special needs. These expenses are typically not included in child support calculations and generally do not constitute grounds for rebutting the presumed amount. A qualified Portland family lawyer can review your case to determine whether such expenses could have any potential impact on a child support award or child support modification.

Call Ronald Johnston

Child support matters can be complicated. Do not end up paying too much or receiving too little. Contact Portland divorce lawyer Ronald Allen Johnston today for assistance calculating the presumed amount and determining whether that amount may need adjusting. We can help you understand Oregon’s child support rules and assist you with obtaining, enforcing or modifying a child support order.

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