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Oregon Child Custody Law

How Oregon Child Custody Cases Work

Child Custody Law In Oregon

One of the most emotionally charged aspects of a divorce or breakup involving children is the question of custody. All too often, parents find themselves embroiled in a seemingly never-ending battle for custody of their children. 

At Regele Law, LLC, we provide detailed and compassionate guidance to parents in the Salem, Oregon, area who need to understand their child custody rights. If you need help understanding the process or what your next steps should be, call us at 503-396-4996 today.

Oregon Law Focuses On The Best Interests Of Children

In determining custody, the court does not give preference to either parent. Instead, Oregon custody laws focus on providing minor children with frequent and ongoing contact with both parents. 

Specifically, Oregon law encourages both parents (straight or LGBTQ) to play a role in raising their children, including making important decisions regarding education, religion, healthcare and more. 

In most cases, the court will either order joint custody or sole custody: 

  • In a joint custody arrangement, both parents share decision-making duties and physical custody, though the time spent with each parent may not necessarily be equal.
  • In a sole custody arrangement, one parent is given decision-making rights and the majority of physical custody. The non-custodial parent may also have some rights to physical custody. 

Factors That Are Considered When Determining Custody

When making a custody decision, the court will consider the testimony of both parents, people who know the child and, sometimes, expert witnesses like social workers or psychologists. 

During testimony, the court will consider several factors, including:

  • Emotional ties between the child and  their family members
  • The attitude of each parent toward the child
  • The willingness and ability of each parent to provide a stable home for the child

The court will also consider factors that may harm the child’s well-being, including a history of physical abuse or drug and alcohol abuse. 

Let Us Help You Make Your Voice Heard

During child custody proceedings, the most important thing you can do is to make sure your voice is heard on all matters relating to your children. We’re here to help guide you through the full process and seek the custody arrangement you desire. 

Call 503-396-4996 or email us to schedule an appointment to discuss your child custody case with our Salem, Oregon family lawyers.