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In a Child's Best Interests: Foster and Encourage a Close and Continuing Relationship

Whether parents like each other or not, their children are entitled to love and bond with each parent. This means that the parent encourages the children to like, love, respect, communicate with, and see the other parent. Read More
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In a Child’s Best Interests: Primary Caregiver

The court favors the primary caregiver because the child is usually more bonded to the primary caregiver and feels safe and secure with the primary caregiver. Read More
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In a Child’s Best Interests: Abuse

In Oregon, if one parent has been found to have abused the other parent, there is a presumption that it is not best for the child to be in the custody of the abuser. Read More
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In a Child’s Best Interests: Desirability of Parent and Child Relationship

Most of the time, the court will find that it is desirable to continue the relationship between the child and both parents. Read More
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In a Child’s Best Interests: Interest and Attitude

The court looks favorably on a parent who makes time for their kids. Read More
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In a Child’s Best Interests: Emotional Ties

Courts might be hesitant to interrupt children’s relationships if they have strong emotional ties with people in their primary household. Read More
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In a Child’s Best Interests: What does that even mean?

Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS) 107.137 gives the court a set of factors to consider when the court is deciding what is in a child’s best interests. Read More
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Attorney Sarah M. Litowich is an Oregonian through and through, with roots in rural eastern Oregon and the Willamette Valley. She is grateful for these deep Oregon roots because she learned the value of hard work and building and maintaining strong r… Read More

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