The procedures for a co-petition are much simpler than those required if you are filing on your own (as a sole petitioner).
The following is a brief summary of the divorce laws and procedures in Oregon. If you have questions, we strongly recommend that you seek the advice of an attorney. The information contained herein is for information purposes only.
Oregon law currently provides that child support orders be established by a state mandated formula. The formula is presumed to be correct unless the court makes a specific finding that the formula would be unjust or inappropriate in that particular case.
The court will consider all earnings, income and resources of each parent, including salaries, wages, commissions, advances, bonuses, dividends, pensions, trusts, workers’ compensation, social security, unemployment, alimony and all other sources of income. The court will then use a chart (the Child Support Guidelines Scale) to calculate the needs of the children based on the combined gross income of both parents. The court will then calculate the obligation of the non-custodial parent as being that fraction of the needs of the children that his or her income represents in comparison to the combined gross incomes of both parties. The court must make adjustments in establishing the needs of the children by considering the cost of child care, recurring medical expenses, recurring educational expenses and the cost of health and dental insurance. The court will also consider the needs of other dependents, such as stepchildren and new children living in the home, as well as amounts paid as spousal support.
The following factors can be used to rebut the presumption that the amount calculated (under the Child Support Guidelines Scale) is appropriate: evidence regarding the other resources of a parent; necessities of a parent; net income; the ability to borrow; the number and needs of other dependents; the desirability of the custodial parent remaining at home; the tax consequences of spousal support; the tax consequences of who claims the child as a dependent; and the financial advantage afforded by one income of a spouse over someone living with the parent in a relationship similar to husband and wife. Unless the court finds that the presumption is rebutted or makes findings that the figure is unjust or inappropriate, support will be set at the amount arrived at by application of the formula.
The above information provided for general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for the advice of an attorney. This information may not be applicable in all situations.
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