Oregon Child Support Factors

Either parent may be ordered to pay child support, based on the following factors: (1) the ability of each parent to borrow; (2) the parentís earnings history; (3) the reasonable necessities of each parent; (4) the physical, emotional, and educational needs of the child; (5) the relative financial means of the parents, including their income, resources, and property; (6) the potential earnings of the parents; (7) the needs of any other dependents of a parent; (8) any social security or veteranís benefits paid to the child; and (9) any other relevant factors. There are official child support scales and formulas available. The child support payments may be required to be paid through the clerk of the court. There may be court orders issued to withhold wages to pay for the child support. Every child support award must also contain provisions for the payment of any uninsured medical care for the child and the payment of health insurance for the child. The court may also order the parent required to pay support to maintain life insurance coverage with the child as beneficiary. [Oregon Revised Statutes; Volume 2, Sections 25.275, 107.105, 107.106, and 107.820].

Oregon child support is typically calculated by using a Child Support Worksheet. The worksheet will generate an appropriate Oregon child support obligation according to each spouse’s income and other relative numeric factors such as taxes paid and retirement contributions, etc.. Once this amount is determined it is essential to take a look at any appropriate Oregon child support deviation factors that may be applicable to the situation. You can get more information about Oregon child support in the Oregon state statutes located at: