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Oregon Child Support Attorneys

Oregon Child Support Guidelines

In Oregon, child support is required to be paid by one party to another based on income (salary, spousal support), parenting time percentages with the children, number of other non-joint children, and health care costs.  This information is then plugged into the Oregon Child Support Guidelines to determine what the presumptive child support is. This is used in divorce cases, initial custody cases, and modifications of custody and child support.


Attorneys commonly get caught up in negotiations regarding Oregon spousal support and fail to remember that spousal support affects child support (not to mention the tax consequences). This is because they do not have an overriding strategy regarding settlement and the consequences that the interplay between spousal and child support might have.

Although the presumptive child support amount in the guidelines is typically what is ordered, most litigation is centered on what the parent’s income actually is. Many people work under the table or otherwise hide income.  If a lawyer fails to adequately investigate these income sources, the affects could be long lasting (i.e., over 18 years if the child continues to attend school or unless modified).

Rebutting the Oregon Child Support Guidelines’ Presumptions

Another way to counter the Oregon child support presumptions is to rebut them according to the Oregon Administrative Rules. Some factors listed in the rule include the ability to borrow, substantial support to a stepchild, medical hardships, extraordinary parenting time travel expenses, a new spouse or domestic partner’s income if causing the party to stay at home or work part-time, evidence the child is living with neither parent, etc.

Hiring an Oregon Divorce or Custody Lawyer

Regardless of what the specific issues are in a given case, an attorney must be educated in all the issues in a family law case. The attorneys of Arnold Law assist clients with these issues and give the straight talk to assist them. For more information call 541-338-9111 or fill out the form to the left (or live chat to the right).

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  • Representative Cases


    Custody - Alienation by Mother

    Mother filed false stalking order against father. We won custody for father by showing that mother was making false accusations to gain advantage in the custody case.

    Hidden Asset Divorce - Tracking down values of foreign corporations

    Jacy Arnold represented wife. Discovery from husband appeared to be missing many documents and assets. Motions to compel were granted and Jacy was able to track down foreign corporations hidden by husband, stretching from the Netherlands to southeast Asia. Result: Substantial financial settlement was obtained for client.

    Father’s Rights—Parental Alienation with a Bumpy Past

    Obtained custody for Father after Mother filed a frivolous restraining order against Father and absconded with the children from Oregon to prevent Father from having contact with the children. Of special importance in this case was Mother and Father’s history of domestic violence and drug abuse. Father had completed his probation and treatment, and had achieved many months of sobriety. We were able to show the court through multiple hearings that he had been rehabilitated, had prepared to be the primary parent and was acting in the children’s best interests by seeking custody. We were able to get the restraining order dismissed, safely retrieve the children and return them to Oregon, and obtained orders to both safeguard Father’s relationship with the children and protect the family from future drug use and domestic violence.

    Father’s Rights—Abusive Wife Flees with baby

    Obtained custody for Husband and a safety focused parenting plan restricting Wife’s access after Wife disappeared from the marital home with the parties’ one-year old child. Wife had a history of drug and alcohol use, and had previously physically abused both Husband and the child. Ms. Gardner helped Father obtain emergency custody of the child under the Immediate Danger statute, located the child, and coordinated with law enforcement agencies and the Department of Human Services to safely bring the child home.

    Father flees with children to Oregon—conflicting jurisdiction

    In a contentious California divorce, Husband took the children for a short visit and then fled in secret with the children to Oregon, where he filed for divorce and custody of the children despite a pending divorce case in California and previous orders from the California court granting mother physical possession of the children while the case was pending due to past abuse by Husband against Wife. We helped the frantic Wife safely retrieve the children, and convinced the Oregon court after multiple days in trial to stay the custody proceeding in Oregon pursuant to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), allowing the California case to proceed. Wife returned to California safely with the children.

    Special Needs Parenting Time

    The years of physical and verbal abuse against Mother by Father adversely impacted the parties’ high functioning special needs child, who as a teenager began to exhibit alarming violent and sexualized behaviors at school as well as regression in communication and hygiene when Father sought to enforce his parenting time after an absence of several years. At trial, Father disputed the child’s diagnosis and blamed Mother for the child’s sexualized behavior. With the support and information provided by the child’s school teachers, therapists, community support group and friends called by Arnold Law to testify at trial, the Court crafted a child-centric parenting plan for the benefit of this troubled teen and ended Father’s cyclical aggressive contact with the child.