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Skilled Legal Help With Issues Of Child And Spousal Support

Misconceptions about child support are numerous, but the most common one is that child support payments pay for the extravagance of the other parent. Child support is designed for the benefit of the child to cover expenses associated with raising a child and is determined based upon the respective income of each parent.

At Case & Dusterhoff, LLP, our attorneys have more than 100 years of combined experience handling family law matters. We are dedicated to ensuring that your child support obligation is fair and that it is in line with the best interests of your children.

Establishing Child Support Obligations And Rights

In Oregon, child support is determined by a formula, which can be located on the state's website, www.oregonchildsupport.gov. That formula can sometimes be altered based upon agreement between or the circumstances of the parents. If, at a later date, a substantial change in your or the other parent's circumstances warrants a modification of the child support agreement, our lawyers can assist you with the modification.

Helping You Understand Spousal Support Determinations

In contrast to child support, spousal support is not determined by a formula, and so it is far more difficult to predict the amount that a court is likely to award. Depending on your situation, you may be ordered to pay or be paid spousal support; a number of factors will determine the amount and duration.

There are three types of spousal support:

  • Transitional support: Designed to support a former spouse while he or she transitions back into the workforce, the payments can be used to cover the cost of college courses or training or simply to cover expenses while he or she attains the training necessary to re-enter or advance within the job market.
  • Maintenance support: Spousal maintenance allows a former spouse to maintain the standard of living similar to that he or she enjoyed during the marriage.
  • Compensatory support: If one spouse significantly contributes to the other's career or education, either financially or some other way, the spouse who made the contribution may be entitled to compensatory support. However, compensatory support is rare.

Contact Case & Dusterhoff, LLP

If you have questions about child support or spousal support either in Oregon or Washington, contact us at our office in Beaverton at 503-607-8218, toll free at 800-658-0167 or online by completing a brief form.

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