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How is Child Support Calculated?

On Behalf of | Mar 9, 2011 | Child Support, Divorce, Family law

Child support is calculated pursuant to the Oregon Child Support Guidelines which are designed to address the needs of most families.  The Child Support Guidelines are used by the Courts or the Division of Child Support to ensure that child support is calculated fairly and uniformly from case to case.  Each State has adopted its own specific guidelines.

If you or someone you love needs advice on obtaining child support call the Law Offices of Paul F. Sherman at (503) 223-8441 for more information or Contact Us for a FREE Child Support Consultation.  You may also visit our Resource Center to use the child support guidelines in order to understand what your approximate obligations will be in the States of Oregon, Washington and California.

Calculating Child Support Using the Child Support Guidelines.

The Child Support Guidelines use a walk through approach to calculating child support.  The underlying rules are complicated and require the advice of an experienced child support attorney.

As a general rule, the Courts will consider the following in arriving at a “just and appropriate” award of Child Support.

(1)        The parties’ respective incomes

(2)        Child custody and the operative parenting plan – here the focus is overnights with the child – the calculator presumes 25% overnights.

(3)        Health insurance costs

(4)        Day Care costs

(5)        Is there a need to deviate from the Guidelines?

These factors are considered in arriving at a Child Support Calculation.  How they are applied and the rules for obtaining an award specific to your case and family needs require the advice of an expert Child Support Attorney.  Call Paul F. Sherman at (503) 223-8441 for more information or Contact Us to obtain a Free Child Support Consultation.