When you and your former spouse are granted joint custody of your child,
you might assume that you will not be responsible for child support payments.
After all, the more time a parent has with a child, the less they should
need to pay, right?
While this may seem reasonable, joint custody
does not mean that there won’t be a child support obligation, as another element
in determining child support orders is the income of both parents.
Even if the child(ren) spend time living with both parents, one parent
will typically still owe the other some amount of child support since
it is highly unlikely that both parents make exactly the same amount and
spend the exact same amount of time with the child. Even if both parents
do spend the same amount of time with their child, the parent who earns
more will likely still have to pay child support as calculated by Oregon
state child support guidelines.
The main purpose of child support is to ensure that the child is adequately
provided for, regardless of which parent they live with. The court will
consider expenses that parents will incur in supporting their child, including
the costs of any special needs, daycare, education, and health insurance.
The court will also consider the age of the child and the number of children
each parent has to support when making a determination.
If you have questions about
child support or
child custody, we invite you to get in touch with a Portland family law attorney at
McKinley Irvin. When you
contact our office to schedule a consultation, we will put you in touch with the attorney
best suited to handle your case.