Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Can a stepparent be held responsible for child support?
In most cases, stepparents are not legally required to pay child support unless they have legally adopted the child(ren). However, if a stepparent has assumed significant responsibility for raising the child(ren), their income may be considered when determining the biological parents' ability to pay.
How does legal marital separation affect child custody arrangements?
During an Oregon legal marital separation, child custody arrangements must be negotiated between both parties and approved by the court. This includes decisions on physical custody (where the children will live), legal custody (decision-making authority), visitation schedules, and any necessary support payments.
What factors does an Oregon family law judge consider when deciding whether to grant a modification?
Oregon judges consider several factors when evaluating requests for modifications including: any major changes since previous order; stability of both households; each parent’s ability and willingness to care for their children; emotional ties between children and parents; any history of abuse or neglect; preferences of children (if they’re old enough); and any other relevant factors.
How does establishing paternity affect child support obligations?
Establishing paternity solidifies a legal relationship between the non-custodial parent (father) and their child which results in them being financially responsible for providing support. Child support obligations are decided based on Oregon guidelines, taking into account both parents' income, the child's needs, and any custody arrangements.
How does relocation affect parenting time and child support?
Relocation may result in changes to parenting time, transportation arrangements, and potentially child support if it significantly impacts one parent's ability to maintain their current level of involvement. The court may revisit these issues upon request from either party.
How does relocation impact existing custody arrangements?
Relocation can significantly impact existing custody arrangements. If you plan to move out-of-state or even within Oregon but far from your current residence, you may need to request a modification of your current parenting plan with court approval.
What are the grounds for modifying child custody in Oregon?
In Oregon, courts may modify child custody if there is a significant change in circumstances that affects the best interests of the child. This can include changes in parents' living situations, mental health issues, substance abuse problems, or changes in the child's needs.
How is child custody determined in Oregon?
Child custody decisions are based on the statutory requirements listed at ORS 107.137. These requirements include the best interests of the child, considering factors like emotional bonds with parents and siblings, abuse by one parent, stability of home environment, and each parent's ability to meet the child's needs.
How does an Oregon Stalking Order affect custody and visitation rights?
An Oregon Stalking Order can impact custody and visitation rights if the stalker is a parent of the child involved. The court may consider limiting their access to the child based on safety concerns, potentially leading to supervised visits or even loss of parental rights.
How does child custody work within an Oregon Divorce Settlement Agreement?
Child custody arrangements are included in your Oregon Divorce Settlement Agreement. Custody can be joint or sole depending on what's best for the child(ren). A parenting plan outlining visitation schedules should also be included.

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