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In Oregon, child support awards are based on a formula provided by the Oregon Child Support Guidelines. The child support guidelines take into account each parent’s income, the amount of parenting time each parent has with the child, the cost of medical insurance, daycare, and non joint children. The amount of child support calculated by the child support guidelines is presumed to be correct, although there are a variety of “rebuttal factors” that, if proven, will cause the support award to be either increased or decreased.
Child support guidelines take into account each parent’s income, the amount of parenting time each parent has with the child, the cost of medical insurance, daycare, and nonjoint children.
Child support is awarded in administrative actions filed with the Division of Child Support, and also in judicial proceedings including paternity actions, custody actions between unmarried parents, and in dissolution of marriages. Child support awards are generally awarded to children under the age of 18, but can also be awarded to children up to the age of 21 so long as they qualify as a “child attending school,” as defined by Oregon statute.
Child support awards are modifiable post-dissolution. A party moving for an increase or decrease in child support must prove a substantial change in circumstances occurring since the time of judgment.