Reference Material and Informational Links

Family Law

Oregon Child Support Calculator
This is an official State of Oregon website.  It shows the official calculator for child support.  These calculations will usually govern what child support is awarded.  The calculations and the rebuttal factors can sometimes be somewhat more complicated than they appear at first glance.  Care to ensure that the correct information is gathered and entered is very important, as is an understanding of the rules and the protocols for data entry.

Benton County Standard Parenting Plan
This is the default parenting plan and visitation schedule that the will often be ordered in Benton County divorce or custody cases.  Parents can propose alternate schedules.  If both parents agree to some other schedule the court will often agree to the alternate schedule.  If only one parent wishes to depart from this default parenting plan the court will usually require a convincing demonstration that it is in the child’s best interest to adopt the alternate proposal.

Statutory Restraining Order
Statutory Restraining Order PDF
When a divorce is filed, both Husband and Wife are restrained by this order, preventing them from hiding or disposing of assets.

Uniform Support Declaration
Uniform Support Declaration PDF
When child or spousal support is an issue, this form must be filled out and filed in court.  Even if support is not an issue, this form can help a person to organize their finances and plan for the future by helping to determine what their needs will be each month.

Required Disclosures to Other Side
Required Disclosures to Other Side PDF
Unless both parties waive this, the law requires that each party provide the other party with the information and documentation called for in ORS 107.098.

Kelley Blue Book

Elder Law

Social Security
This website provides information about Social Security, Medicaid, and Supplemental Security Income (SSI), among other things. Sub parts of this website can be very helpful.

The following sites will help you obtain a summary or statement of your earning history and expected future benefits.

The following site has information about Social Security Survivor’s benefits


The following is the main government website for Medicare benefits.

Subparts of this website are particularly useful.  For example, the following will lead you to programs that will help you choose which Medicare Supplement insurance to choose, and that will help you to chose the best Medicare Drug Benefit plan.

The following also has information from the government about Medicare

Medigap Insurance

The Senior Health Insurance Benefits Assistance (SHIBA) office of the Oregon Insurance Division has a variety of services associated with Medicare Supplemental Insurance (Medigap Insurance) and other Medicare related issues.  This office also has a network of volunteers who can be very helpful.  The office can be reached at 1-800-722-4134.  Local offices include Corvallis (541-737-9197) and Albany (541-812-0849).

It can be important to select the right supplemental insurance plan and drug benefit coverage.  A very useful tool can be found at the following website.

Veteran’s Benefits

The website for the federal Department of Veterans’ Affairs is as follows.

The website for the Oregon Department of Veterans’ Affairs is as follows.

A particularly useful contact is the Veteran’s Service Office of Benton County, which can be contacted at the following.
Mary Newman
Phone: 541-758-1595

Similar offices in other counties can be located at the following website.


Medicaid pays for long term care for seniors and some other persons with disabilities.  Qualification issues include financial and income issues and health issues.  An elder law attorney can be very useful in helping to understand and navigate these issues.

Applications for Medicaid are usually made through local offices of Seniors and People With Physical Difficulties (often abbreviated simply SPD).

The general statewide index for local SPD offices can be found at the following.

The office for Linn and Benton counties can be found at the following physical address and telephone number.

Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments
1400 Queen Avenue SE, Ste 206
Albany, OR 97322
Toll free: 800-638-0510
Phone: 541-967-8630

Elder Abuse

In addition to handling Medicaid Applications, Senior Protective Services can also be found at the following office.  This office can help with both physical abuse and financial abuse.

Oregon Cascades West Council of Governments
1400 Queen Avenue SE, Ste 206
Albany, OR 97322
Toll free: 800-638-0510
Phone: 541-967-8630

The Office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman also investigates and attempts to resolve issues facing residents of long term care facilities.  The general phone number to contact if you have a complaint is 1-800-522-2602.

Long Term Care Facilities

Information about long term care facilities can be found at the following websites.

Information from the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) cab be found by going to, and following links to the Resource Locator, and then to Nursing Homes.

Information is also available from the State of Oregon at the following website.

Another good source of information is available through the State of Oregon’s Office of the Long Term Care Ombudsman, at the following website.

Industry sites that may also help in the location or evaluation of facilities include the website of the Oregon Health Care Association.

Another industry site is maintained by the Oregon Alliance of Senior and Health Services.  Various options are available if one goes to the following website and clicks on the “Consumer Page” button.

Senior Centers



Links To Resources and Support Groups for Particular Issues

Alzheimer’s Association

Alzheimer’s Network of Oregon

Memory Loss Support Group (Corvallis)

ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease)

Brain Injury Association of Oregon

Benton Hospice Services, Inc

Samaritan Evergreen Hospice (Linn County, and the Coast)
541-812-4662 (Albany)

National Parkinson Foundation, Inc.

Parkinson’s Support Group (Corvallis)

American Heart & Stroke Association

National Stroke Association