Determination of legal custody after parentage established
(1) If parentage of a child born out of wedlock is established pursuant to a petition filed under ORS 109.125 (Who may initiate proceedings) or an order or judgment entered pursuant to ORS 109.124 (Definitions for ORS 109.124 to 109.230) to 109.230 (Legality of contract between mother and father of child born out of wedlock) or ORS 416.400 (Definitions for ORS 416.400 to 416.465) to 416.465 (Relief from compliance with order), or if parentage is established by the filing of a voluntary acknowledgment of paternity as provided by ORS 109.065 (Establishing parentage) (1)(e), the parent with physical custody at the time of filing of the petition or the notice under ORS 416.415 (Notice and finding of financial responsibility), or the parent with physical custody at the time of the filing of the voluntary acknowledgment of paternity, has sole legal custody until a court specifically orders otherwise. The first time the court determines who should have legal custody, neither parent shall have the burden of proving a change of circumstances. The court shall give primary consideration to the best interests and welfare of the child and shall consider all the standards set out in ORS 107.137 (Factors considered in determining custody of child).
(2) In any proceeding under this section, the court may cause an investigation, examination or evaluation to be made under ORS 107.425 (Investigation of parties in domestic relations suit involving children) or may appoint an individual or a panel or may designate a program to assist the court in creating parenting plans or resolving disputes regarding parenting time and to assist parents in creating and implementing parenting plans under ORS 107.425 (Investigation of parties in domestic relations suit involving children) (3). [1983 c.761 §11; 1985 c.671 §42; 1995 c.608 §4; 1999 c.59 §25; 1999 c.569 §8; 2001 c.833 §3; 2005 c.160 §§15,21; 2017 c.651 §25]
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