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Child Support Attorneys in Portland

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In a divorce or when paternity is established, child support may need to be addressed. This is an amount of money paid by one parent to another to provide for the support and care of a shared child or children. Support is typically paid by the non-custodial parent to the custodial parent, although support is also paid in shared custody arrangements if there is an income disparity between parents or if the child or children spend more time living with one parent than the other.

If you have questions about child support or need help enforcing or modifying an existing support arrangement, Levine Law Center can offer experienced guidance. Our Portland child support attorneys can protect your interests by properly presenting your financial situation, initiating enforcement proceedings, pursuing a modification of support, and representing you in any applicable hearings or court proceedings. Because we handle all aspects of family law and divorce, you can count on our ability to properly handle your child support matter.

Contact our team at (503) 433-8340 today to see how we can help you.

Determining & Paying Child Support in Oregon

The foundation for determining child support obligations can be found in Oregon Child Support Guidelines, including an online calculator that can provide an estimate of what support you may be entitled to receive or required to pay.

Child support will be determined based on:

  • Each parent’s income
  • Any spousal support received or paid by each parent
  • Any union dues paid by each parent
  • The number of children
  • How much time (specifically overnight stays) the child/children spend with each parent
  • Any child care costs that apply for disabled children or children under the age of 13
  • Any Social Security or other benefits a child receives
  • Any other children each parent has living with him/her
  • Healthcare coverage costs for each parent and the child/children

Is child support mandatory in Oregon?

Yes, child support is mandatory in Oregon if you have a support order. Typically, orders are obtained through a divorce or custody case; however, you can also seek a support order through the Division of Child Support (DCS) as well. In most cases, paying support is mandatory until the child is 18 years old, but under certain circumstances the paying parent may be required to continue payment until the child is 21.

What happens if a parent doesn’t pay child support?

If child support goes unpaid, parents can take several legal steps to enforce the order. The first step is determining if you want to pursue legal action with a private attorney or through the Oregon Department of Justice Division of Child Support. Every case is different, but hiring a private attorney means you’ll get to work more closely with them as the case progresses. Some common forms of enforcement include wage withholding and drivers’ license suspension.

Contact a Portland Child Support Lawyer

The determination of child support will directly impact your finances and your child’s well-being. Make sure your interests are properly represented by a skilled team of attorneys. Levine Law Center stands ready to handle your child support matter to the fullest extent of our abilities, and we can provide the one-on-one support and guidance you deserve every step of the way.

Contact us at (503) 433-8340 to get started!

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    Andrew created the Levine Law Center to serve the needs of his community. He previously worked on behalf of insurance carriers and employers, but soon realized that regular, hard-working people were getting taken advantage of. Andrew wanted nothing to do with that, and switched sides. Ever since, Andrew has been a champion for the worker and the great people of his community. Andrew has a reputation for his aggressive and tenacious advocacy of his clients. Knowing that his clients and their ...
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    Anthony Stuart joined the Levine Law Center team in 2019 and is admitted to practice law in Oregon and Florida (presently inactive). He started his legal career in Florida and first started practicing family law alongside a complex business and family immigration law practice. After moving to Oregon in 2015, Anthony established a new law practice dedicated to working with small to medium-sized enterprises on regulatory matters, governmental affairs, mergers and acquisitions, and corporate ...
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    Joseph Katz joined the Levine Law Center team in 2020. In 2012, he began practicing medical malpractice law in New York but moved back to Oregon in 2014 while maintaining a civil litigation and business path. He approaches each client compassionately according to their own needs while zeroing in on clear goals and objectives. Joseph spent significant time in Israel and enjoys running (he ran the New York City Marathon in 2013) and biking the great outdoors with his wife and two young children.
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    Jennifer is a highly experienced family law attorney, having handled hundreds of cases since becoming licensed in 2009. While divorce and custody cases are common in her practice, Jennifer has also handled relocations, child support and spousal support modifications, dissolutions of domestic partnerships and restraining order cases. Using her Master’s in Education on top of her legal training, Jennifer leverages her experience as an educator to help convey her clients’ narratives. Jennifer is a ...

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