Q: Do I need a lawyre to ask for child support?
A: No, you do not need a lawyer to ask for child support. You can submit your own "petition for custody and support" in an Oregon circuit court where the child is located. Most courts' webpages should have printable forms for submitting to the court and the fee should be $0. But a lawyer can help you navigate the process that can be complicated and may require presentation of evidence and testimony in court in front of a judge if the other parent challenges your petition for custody and support. It is your decision to retain a lawyer or not depending on your needs and ability to pay for one.
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