Oregon Laws Concerning Child Support
Raising a child is often one of the most daunting (but rewarding) tasks a parent can undertake. It is often made more difficult when one has to do so on their own with limited resources. The Oregon State legislature has child support laws in place and is helping more than 400,000 parents each year to receive millions in dollars of medical and child support. The Department of Justice Division of Child Support offers services that can assist in child support orders, determining paternity, modifying orders, and much more.
Receiving Child Support Payments in Oregon
The Oregon Child Support Program disburses funds in a number of ways, depending on what works best for you. Parents who are the primary caregivers (custodial parents) can opt to have the funds directly deposited into a checking or savings account, or to have funds deposited onto a prepaid Visa debit card.
In order to elect to do any of this you must first apply for child support payments and the method that you would like to enlist in receiving the funds. The PDF is here: http://oregonchildsupport.gov/forms/docs/csf080700a.pdf Then mail the form to:
Reconciliation, ATTN: Outgoing Electronic Payments
Child Support Program
PO Box 14320
Salem, OR 97309-5048
Hundreds of dollars go unclaimed each year and it can pay you to do a quick search on their website to see if they might have unclaimed funds waiting for you. This happens for a variety of reasons, but the number one reason is that contact information was not updated and so the money was placed in safekeeping. You can do a quick search by going here: https://justice.oregon.gov/unclaimed/index.aspx?AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1 You will need to know your case number.
Calculating Child Support Payments in Oregon
In Oregon, the payments sent per month to the custodial parent from the non-custodial parent is determined by a VERY complicated mathematical formula. There are charts and graphs that one can look at, or a calculations tool that can give you a ballpark figure, but in the end, this is where having a good mediator or law professional will come in handy. A calculator tool is available here: https://justice.oregon.gov/guidelines/ Keep in mind you will need information such as total marital debt, total gross income, as well as other types of information.
For the most part, child support is determined based on the total gross income of both parents (pretaxes). Additionally, and what many do not realize, is that the courts can also mandate that the non-custodial parent be responsible in full, or in part, for the medical care, educational expenses, extracurricular activities, and other expenses if the lack of those expensed activities would negatively impact the child. In order to collect child support in Oregon you must have the finalized divorce decree, or a notice of paternity. If you are having difficulty establishing paternity, the OCS can assist in tracking someone down and bringing about compliance with the testing. Contact information, forms, and services are listed on the official website: http://www.oregonchildsupport.gov/Pages/Index.aspx