HOW DO COURTS CALCULATE MY INCOME WHEN DETERMINING CHILD SUPPORT?

On behalf of Stephen Bedor of Law Office of Stephen J. Bedor posted in child support on Friday, November 23, 2018. 

Every mother or father who expects to pay child support wants to know the all-important question, "How much child support am I going to have to pay?"

It's understandable that they want to know. The information will help them predict their future expenditures while establishing their post-divorce budgets.

The most important factors that courts use to determine child support amounts relate to the style of life enjoyed by the family and children prior to divorce, the incomes of the respective parents and the amount of time the children spend with each. When calculating the paying parent's income, the court will do so in order to determine what the paying parent can reasonably afford. Here are the most important elements that the court will look at when determining the paying parent's countable income:

  • The salary and wages of the parent.

  • Government benefits received by the parent.

  • Pensions received by the parent relating to prior employment both from the government and from private employers.

  • Gifts and prizes received by the parent.

  • Annuities owned by the parent that are paying him or her income.

  • Estate and/or trust disbursements received by the paying parent.

By reviewing the above information in the context of the style of life that the family enjoyed before separation and divorce, an Oregon family law court will be able to calculate an amount that the paying parent should reasonably pay as his or her monthly child support obligations.

If you're being asked to pay an unreasonable amount in child support in your divorce proceedings, it's important to defend yourself. Our law office can advocate for you and protect your financial rights during your divorce to ensure that you receive the fairest result possible during a child support determination.