DOMESTIC RELATIONS - CUSTODY & SUPPORT The court's primary consideration in awarding custody is "the best interests and welfare of the child." In deciding custody and determining the best interests and welfare of the child, the court will consider all of the following factors: The emotional ties between the child and other family members. The interest of the parents in and attitude toward the child. The desirability of continuing an existing relationship. The desirability of continuing an existing relationship. The abuse of one parent by the other The preference for the primary caregiver of the child, if the caregiver is deemed fit by the court. (Primary caregiver is the parent who attends to the child's basic needs on a daily basis, and who is more closely bonded to the child) The willingness and ability of each parent to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing relationship between the other parent and the child. Either the parents or the court will determine a parenting plan that spells out the minimum amount of time each parent will have with a child. In many counties in Oregon, before a court will make a decision regarding custody or parenting time, the court requires the parents to try to work out a plan with a neutral third party called a mediator. Then, if the parents cannot agree, the court will decide issues of custody and parenting time. All consultations are confidential.  Call today for an appointment.