Portland Oregon Family Law Attorney Discusses How the Court Determines Custody

June 15th, 2016

If you are seeking a divorce in Portland OR and have children, you may be wondering what the court considers when determining custody.

First, which parent has historically been the primary caregiver.  Other factors to consider are:

  • child blowing bubblesThe parents’ ability to agree, communicate and cooperate in matters relating to the child.
  • The parents’ willingness to accept custody and any history of unwillingness to allow visitation that is not based upon substantiated abuse.
  • The interactions and relationship of the child with its parents and siblings.
  • Any history of domestic violence.
  • The safety of the child and the safety of either parent from physical abuse by the other parent.
  • The preference of the child if the child is of sufficient age and capacity to reason so as to make an intelligent decision.
  • The needs of the child.
  • The stability of the home environment offered.
  • The quality and continuity of the child’s education.
  • The fitness of the parents.
  • The geographical proximity of the parents’ homes.
  • The extent and quality of the time spent with child prior to or subsequent to the separation.
  • The parents’ employment responsibilities.
  • The age and number of children.

Whatever the criteria used, a court will also examine the criteria in light of the best interest of the child.


If you need assistance with child custody, contact Portland Oregon Family Law Attorney Ronald Allen Johnston here today.

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