2007 ORS § 25.287¹
Proceedings to modify orders to comply with formula
  • when proceeding may be initiated
  • issues considered

(1)(a) The entity providing support enforcement services under ORS 25.080 (Entity primarily responsible for support enforcement services) may initiate proceedings to modify a support obligation to ensure that the support obligation is in accordance with the formula established under ORS 25.275 (Formula for determining child support awards).

(b) Proceedings under this subsection may occur only after three years have elapsed, or such shorter cycle as determined by rule of the Department of Justice, from the later of the following:

(A) The date the original support obligation took effect;

(B) The date any previous modification of the support obligation took effect; or

(C) The date of any previous review and determination under this subsection that resulted in no modification of the support obligation.

(c) For purposes of paragraph (b) of this subsection, a support obligation or modification takes effect on the first date on which the obligor is to pay the established or modified support amount.

(d) The only issues at proceedings under this subsection are whether three years have elapsed, or such shorter cycle as determined by rule of the department, and whether the support obligation is in substantial compliance with the formula established under ORS 25.275 (Formula for determining child support awards).

(e) Upon review, if the administrator determines that a support obligation does not qualify for modification under this section, a party may object to the determination within 30 days after the date of the determination. A hearing on the objection shall be conducted by an administrative law judge assigned from the Office of Administrative Hearings. Appeal of the order of the administrative law judge may be taken to the circuit court of the county in which the support obligation has been entered or registered for a hearing de novo. The appeal to the court shall be by petition for review filed within 60 days after entry of the order of the administrative law judge.

(f) If the court, the administrator or the administrative law judge finds that more than three years have elapsed, or such shorter cycle as determined by rule of the department, the court, the administrator or the administrative law judge shall modify the support order to bring the support obligation into substantial compliance with the formula established under ORS 25.275 (Formula for determining child support awards), regardless of whether there has been a substantial change in circumstances since the support obligation was last established, modified or reviewed. Proceedings by the administrator or administrative law judge under this subsection shall be conducted according to the provisions of ORS 416.425 (Motions to modify financial responsibility orders) and 416.427 (Hearings procedure).

(g) The provisions of this subsection apply to any support obligation established by a support order under this chapter or ORS chapter 107, 108, 109, 110 or 416 or ORS 419B.400 (Authority to order support) or 419C.590 (Authority of court to order support).

(2) The entity providing support enforcement services shall state in the document initiating the proceeding, to the extent known:

(a) Whether there is pending in this state or any other jurisdiction any type of support proceeding involving the child, including a proceeding brought under ORS 107.085 (Petition), 107.135 (Vacation or modification of judgment), 107.431 (Modification of portion of judgment regarding parenting time or child support), 108.110 (Petition for support of spouse and children), 109.100 (Petition for support), 109.103 (Proceeding to determine custody or support of child), 109.165 (Vacation or modification of judgment), 125.025 (Authority of the court in protective proceedings), 416.400 (Definitions for ORS 416.400 to 416.465) to 416.465 (Relief from compliance with order), 419B.400 (Authority to order support) or 419C.590 (Authority of court to order support) or ORS chapter 110; and

(b) Whether there exists in this state or any other jurisdiction a support order, as defined in ORS 110.303 (Definitions), involving the child, other than the support obligation the entity seeks to modify.

(3) The entity providing support enforcement services shall include with the document initiating the proceeding a certificate regarding any pending support proceeding and any existing support order other than the support obligation the entity seeks to modify. The entity providing support enforcement services shall use a certificate that is in a form prescribed by the administrator and shall include information required by the administrator and subsection (2) of this section.

(4) The administrator, court or administrative law judge may use the provisions of subsection (1) of this section when a support order was entered in another state and registered in Oregon, the provisions of ORS chapter 110 apply and more than three years have elapsed, or such shorter cycle as determined by rule of the department.

(5) Notwithstanding the provisions of this section, proceedings may be initiated at any time to modify a support obligation based upon a substantial change of circumstances under any other provision of law.

(6) The obligee is a party to any action to modify a support obligation under this section. [1991 c.519 §3; 1993 c.33 §369; 1993 c.596 §7 (enacted in lieu of 25.285 in 1993); 1995 c.608 §31; 1999 c.80 §64; 1999 c.735 §1; 2001 c.455 §§7,8; 2003 c.75 §24; 2003 c.116 §§1,2; 2003 c.576 §§183,184; 2005 c.560 §4; 2007 c.71 §9; 2007 c.878 §4]