The following is a summary of Oregon child support laws, and is by no means intended to be an all-inclusive description of what to expect in your particular case. In some cases, the exact text of the statute may have been simplified and/or modified to provide for easier understanding. For a more specific understanding of the laws, you should consult the full Oregon Code and/or consult with an attorney about how the law might apply to your particular situation.

Child Support Guidelines.

There are specific child support guidelines that will determine how much child support should be paid. Child support typically can’t be waived by the parents, although a judge might decide this on a case-by-case basis, looking at all factors. If you and your spouse agree to an amount of child support that’s different than the guidelines would order, the judge will decide if that amount is in the child’s best interests.

College Expenses.

The court may order either or both parents to provide child support of an unmarried child, between the ages of 18 and 21, who is a student regularly attending school, community college, college or university, or regularly attending a course of professional or technical training designed to fit the child for gainful employment. The child must be enrolled in an educational course load of at least one-half that determined by the educational facility to constitute “full-time” enrollment.

A child for whom this educational child support has been ordered:

  1. Must maintain the equivalent of a C average or better.
  2. Shall notify a parent paying support when the child ceases to be a child attending school.
  3. Shall submit all information necessary to establish eligibility to receive support, including grades earned and the courses in which the child is enrolled.

If the child fails to comply with any of these requirements, the educational child support will cease.

-From 107.108 of the Oregon Statutes.


This information has been summarized from the Oregon statutes. You can find the full-text version of these and other Oregon divorce statutes online here: Oregon Divorce Laws.




IMPORTANT: Help Yourself Divorce is a paralegal service, not a law firm. Please don’t rely on this information for legal advice. Seek help from an attorney if you need legal advice.


If your divorce is uncontested, we would love to guide you through the process from beginning to end. Learn more about how our uncontested divorce services can help you through your divorce.