ORS 163.565¹
Evidence of parentage
  • confidentiality between spouses not applicable
  • spouses competent and compellable witnesses

(1) Proof that a child was born during the time a person lived and cohabited with the child’s mother, or held the child’s mother out as that person’s spouse in a marriage, is prima facie evidence that the person is the parent of the child. This subsection does not exclude any other legal evidence tending to establish the parental relationship.

(2) No provision of law prohibiting the disclosure of confidential communications between spouses in a marriage apply to prosecutions for criminal nonsupport. A spouse is a competent and compellable witness for or against either party. [1971 c.743 §176; 2015 c.629 §30; 2017 c.651 §36]

Law Review Cita­tions

51 OLR 428 (1972)

Chapter 163

Law Review Cita­tions

51 OLR 427-637 (1972)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 163—Offenses Against Persons, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors163.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2019, Chapter 163, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ano163.­html (2019) (last ac­cessed May 16, 2020).
3 OregonLaws.org assembles these lists by analyzing references between Sections. Each listed item refers back to the current Section in its own text. The result reveals relationships in the code that may not have otherwise been apparent. Currency Information