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Rebecca Dougan

Portland Family Law Attorney.

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  1. In Oregon, does child support go to the child when they turn 18? What if they live at home while attending college?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Rebecca Dougan
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    You should contact the enforcing agency once your child is about to turn 18 years old, if your 18 year old intends on going to college or other qualifying type school (however, if your child turns 18 and is still in high school, the payments will still start going directly to the 18 year old). The enforcing agency will re-calculate child support and issue an new awards - one for the 18 year old that will include a child support obligation from both parents and then a separate one for the...

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  2. How do i find out who has sole custody of my son? he lives with his dad and i pay child support.

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Rebecca Dougan
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    If the smoking pot and criminal activity has occurred since the initial or last custody determination, then you may be able to establish there has been an substantial change in circumstances that affects the custodial (assuming father has legal custody) parents ability to care for the child. Once that has been established the Court will look to what is in your child's best interest to determine who should have legal custody of your son. I would suggest seeing an attorney for an initial...

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  3. What would it take to change the 18-21 child support for an adult attending school? In real life parents have an option.

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Rebecca Dougan
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    If you are asking how do you modify your support obligation, then you contact the Oregon Department of Justice (if either parent has ever received TANF) or the local support enforcement division of your local district attorneys office. If you question is why do divorced/ unmarried parents of children 18 to 21 have to pay support the answer is because there's an assumption (that has been made by the Courts), that married parents will work together and will or are more likely to continue to...

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  4. Once a child turns 18 and is considered "A child attending school", can I have support payments stopped during the summer?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Rebecca Dougan
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    Yes, you have to pay during the summer months if he plans to attend school in the fall (pay during any regularly scheduled break).

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  5. Do i have to go back to the state where my child was born to do court if thats where the non custodial parent is?

    Answered over 3 years ago.

    1. Lake James H Perriguey
    2. Rebecca Dougan
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    Both Oregon and Hawaii have codified the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act (UCCJEA). The answer to your question depends on whether that has been a legal (court) determination of custody in either state. If there has not, then the state where the child has resided for the last 6 months is the childs home state and that is the state that has jurisdiction over the custody matter. So, if there no court order for custody, Father must file in the state where the child has...

  6. Under what circumstances do I have to pay child support after my child turns 18 ?

    Answered over 4 years ago.

    1. Rebecca Dougan
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    This depends on what you mean by "not keeping up his grades". Unfortunately, the standard used to be more clear in Oregon in that a child attending school had to maintain a "C" average. However, the current standard is that the child attending school has to be "making satisfactory academic progress as defined by the school that the child is attending." So, you need to contact his school. You also need to provide your son with a 30-day written notice of your intent to stop paying child...

  7. I have sole custody of my son who has been diagnosed with ADHD, can his father refuse to give him medication?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Rebecca Dougan
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    If you have sole legal custody of your son and the father is refusing to give the child medically necessary medication, then that could possibly be a reason to withhold parenting time -- unless there's a less restrictive way to give your son his medication. But, before doing this, I would suggest meeting with an attorney to review your custody judgment and give you a more in depth analysis.

  8. Child support from my parents when I turn 18?

    Answered almost 5 years ago.

    1. Rebecca Dougan
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    If either of your parents has received TANF (welfare) you should contact the Oregon Division of Child Support, (Dept of Justice), if neither has received TANF, then contact the support enforcement division of the district attorney's office in the county where you reside and let them know that you would like to begin receiving child support directly from your parents (you should contact them a few months before you turn 18 even if you'll still be in high school). Once you call either of those...