2013 ORS § 416.405¹
Policy

It is the public policy of this state that dependent children shall be maintained, as much as possible, from the resources of both of the parents, thereby relieving or avoiding, at least in part, the burden often borne by single parents or by the general citizenry through public assistance programs. The existing remedies pertaining to family desertion and nonsupport of dependent children are to be augmented by the additional remedies provided in ORS 416.400 (Definitions for ORS 416.400 to 416.465) to 416.465 (Relief from compliance with order) which are directed to the real and personal property resources of the responsible parents. These additional remedies are not in lieu of existing law. ORS 416.400 (Definitions for ORS 416.400 to 416.465) to 416.465 (Relief from compliance with order) shall be liberally construed and administered to implement the policy stated in this section. [1979 c.421 §2; 1985 c.671 §31]