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Child support: Judges look out for a child's best interests

Child support is an important aspect of compensation for children with separated or divorced parents. Children who live in single-parent households need the support of both parents, whether those parents are wealthy or not.

Child support is not designed to make the noncustodial parent suffer, but it does mandate that individual to help support their child financially. In cases where parents see children for an equal amount of time, support may be reduced or eliminated completely depending on the case.

Do you have to follow child support guidelines during divorce?

A judge is going to make decisions based on what benefits your child. For example, if you and your ex-spouse agree to share custody equally, then you might state that you do not wish to obtain support. However, it's normally a good idea to get a support order of some kind, even if it's for a menial amount. That way, you can seek a modification if and when you need to.

If you and your ex-spouse can agree on what you believe is fair support, you can ask the judge to approve it. The judge does have the right to reject it and go with the state's guidelines, however.

If a judge uses state guidelines, how much will you pay?

This depends on many factors. Judges in Oregon consider how much time parents are spending with their children along with their incomes when deciding on support. Your attorney can help you calculate an idea about how much you or the other parent may owe, but it does come down to the judge's discretion.

Your Oregon family law attorney can provide valuable guidance and help you work to seek the support you need to raise your child.

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