Custody in Oregon

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In Oregon, courts are directed to do what is best for children. So that everyone knows the rules about how the courts decide custody, ORS 107.137 tells the court that it should consider the following:

  1. The emotional ties between the child and other family members;
  2. The interest of the parties in and attitude toward the child
  3. The desirability of continuing an existing relationship
  4. The abuse of one parent by the other
  5. The preference for the primary caregiver of the child, if the caregiver is deemed fit by the court; and
  6. The willingness and ability of each parent to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing relationship between the other parent and the child.
    • However, the court may not consider such willingness and ability if one parent shows that the other parent has sexually assaulted or engaged in a pattern of behavior of abuse against the parent or a child and that a continuing relationship with the other parent will endanger the health or safety of either parent or the child.

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Preparing for Divorce

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  1. Assets and Liabilities – Make a List

    Oregon divorce and support laws divide assets and distribute income. When preparing to divorce, gather all your financial documents in preparation to share with your attorney. Think about documents related to real and personal property, monthly debts and expenses, bank and investment accounts, credit cards and loans, retirement and pension accounts, and any other financial documents you can think of. Your attorney can use these documents to negotiate a financial settlement or prepare for a trial if settlement isn’t feasible.
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