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Continuity and the Child’s Best Interests

In an Oregon divorce that involves a custody dispute, the court will consider “the desirability of continuing an existing relationship” between a parent and a child as a factor in its decision. This factor is primarily an investigation into which parent has previously been the child’s primary caregiver.  Oregon law supports stability of environment in
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How Committed Are You to Custody?

Just as a parent’s ability to foster a relationship between the child and the non-custodial parent is considered as a factor in custody (see our post “The Importance of Sharing”), the potential custodial parent’s own ability to maintain a stable, nurturing relationship with the child is also important.  Oregon law considers a parent’s homemaking skills
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The Importance of Sharing: How Willingness to Maintain a Relationship Between the Child and the Other Parent Can Affect Custody

A custody decision is not solely about who might be better suited to caring for a child; a court also factors in a parent’s ability to maintain a child’s other relationships, including with his/her other parent.  Oregon law encourages parents to continue sharing responsibilities and involvement in their child’s life if it is deemed to
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How Does Abuse Factor Into Custody?

While a court will not usually consider one factor, such as the child’s preference, to the exclusion of others when deciding custody in a divorce, there is a circumstance in which a single factor may be considered above all others: when one parent has committed abuse. (For a list of factors considered in determining custody,
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The Children’s Preference – Determining Custody in Oregon

When it comes to determining the custody of children during the divorce process, several factors are considered, including the expressed preference of the child.  (For a list of other factors considered, see our post: “Obtaining Custody in Oregon.”) As long as the child’s preference is not against his or her best interests, it will be
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