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Understanding how Oregon child custody courts make decisions

people-2605835_1920.jpgby Jaye Taylor
Shareholder and Attorney at Buckley Law P.C.

If you have recently separated from the other parent of your child, it is possible that you will be going through a child custody battle to establish the best solution going forward. It can be overwhelming to try to understand the way that the law works, and how you can stand the best chance of gaining the custody ruling that you want.

Therefore, it is important that you take the time to conduct research, and take steps to slowly understand how the courts make decisions. Generally speaking, the child custody courts will favor parents who exhibit signs of acting in the child's best interests.

In addition, in Oregon the courts expect the custodial parent to actively support the children's relationship with the other parent, so long as that can be done safely. 

How can I show that I act in my child's best interests?

Many parents can try to appear to be acting in the best interests of their child, but it can become clear to the courts that they are, in fact, acting selfishly. This is very commonly the case when a parent does not want the other parent to have custody, even though there is no apparent reason why this should be the case.

It is important to show the courts that you are willing to compromise with the other parent for the sake of your child. In addition, you should be able to show that you put your child's needs first, and you invest in developing a strong emotional relationship with your child. Also, avoid sending hostile emails and text messages to the other parent. 

If you want to know more about how the Oregon child custody courts make decisions, an experienced attorney can provide valuable advice and guidance.

Jaye Wickham Taylor focuses her practice on family law litigation. Jaye Taylor has successfully litigated some of the most challenging and emotionally charged family law cases in the state, involving custody of children to fathers, severe parental alienation and abduction, allegations of domestic violence and international move-away cases.


Specialties: Custody, Support, division of assets and debts, modifications, elder abuse, will contests, adoptions, domestic violence, domestic partnerships, prenups. 

The information contained in this article is for informational purposes only and does not constitute legal advice. You should not act upon any information contained in this article without consulting an attorney for individual advice regarding your own situation. 

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