Child and Spousal Support In Oregon

All states, including Oregon, have child support guidelines by which courts determine child support. Click here to go to the Child Support Guidelines Calculator formulated by the Oregon Department of Justice – Division of Child Support and based on the Oregon Child Support Guidelines. The guidelines consider many factors, including the incomes of the parents, other children the parents have to support, and work-related day care costs for the children. Courts plug numbers into the formula and come up with an amount of support that should be paid for the child or children. The child support guidelines are not the exact method of calculating child support in every situation, and parties can argue that because of special circumstances a court should order more or less support than the guideline amount.

Child support can be ordered in divorce and custody cases, when one parent has custody of the child and when there is joint custody. Child support can also be ordered without a divorce or custody case. The Oregon Department of Justice – Division of Child Support.

will obtain a child support order if the parent with custody is receiving public assistance or if that parent received public assistance in the past and there is still unpaid child support from that time.

Spousal Support In Oregon

Spousal support or alimony, as it is commonly known is simply money paid by one spouse to support the other. Most spousal support orders are part of divorce or legal separation cases. Depending on its purpose, spousal support is sometimes ordered for a few years, sometimes until the spouse dies, and sometimes just until the spouse who gets support finds a job. Spousal support does not always end when the spouse who is getting support remarries. There are three different types of spousal support in Oregon including:

  • Transitional support – what support is necessary to help the spouse get an education or training to re-enter or advance in the job market.
  • Compensatory support – what support will repay a spouse for a major financial or other contribution to the education, career, or earning ability of the other spouse.
  • Spousal maintenance – what support is appropriate to keep a standard of living similar to what was enjoyed in the marriage. This support could be ordered for a specific time, or permanently.

Courts consider many factors when considering spousal support or alimony including:

the length of the marriage; the age of each spouse; the health of each spouse; the education of each spouse; the income of each spouse; the standard of living enjoyed during the marriage; and other financial resources.

To learn more about child support and spousal support in Oregon please contact us today.