ORS 109.764¹
Jurisdiction declined by reason of conduct

(1) Except as otherwise provided in ORS 109.751 (Temporary emergency jurisdiction) or 419B.100 (Jurisdiction), if a court of this state has jurisdiction under ORS 109.701 (Short title) to 109.834 (Severability clause) because a person seeking to invoke its jurisdiction has engaged in unjustifiable conduct to so invoke the jurisdiction, the court shall decline to exercise its jurisdiction unless:

(a) The parents and all persons acting as parents have acquiesced in the exercise of jurisdiction;

(b) A court of the state otherwise having jurisdiction under ORS 109.741 (Initial child custody jurisdiction) to 109.747 (Jurisdiction to modify determination) determines that this state is a more appropriate forum under ORS 109.761 (Inconvenient forum); or

(c) No court of any other state would have jurisdiction under the criteria specified in ORS 109.741 (Initial child custody jurisdiction) to 109.747 (Jurisdiction to modify determination).

(2) If a court of this state declines to exercise its jurisdiction under subsection (1) of this section, it may fashion an appropriate remedy to ensure the safety of the child and prevent a repetition of the unjustifiable conduct, including staying the proceeding until a child custody proceeding is commenced in a court having jurisdiction under ORS 109.741 (Initial child custody jurisdiction) to 109.747 (Jurisdiction to modify determination).

(3) If a court dismisses a petition or stays a proceeding because it declines to exercise its jurisdiction under subsection (1) of this section, it shall assess against the party seeking to invoke its jurisdiction necessary and reasonable expenses including costs, communication expenses, attorney fees, investigative fees, expenses for witnesses, travel expenses and child care expenses during the course of the proceeding unless the party from whom necessary and reasonable expenses are sought establishes that the assessment would be clearly inappropriate. The court may not assess fees, costs or expenses against this state unless authorized by law other than ORS 109.701 (Short title) to 109.834 (Severability clause). [1999 c.649 §20]

Note: See note under 109.701 (Short title).

Note

Subject sec­tions all sub­se­quently repealed

Notes of Decisions

Habeas corpus is permissible pro­ce­dure to enforce custody decrees in conjunc­tion with these sec­tions. State ex rel Butler v. Morgan, 34 Or App 393, 578 P2d 814 (1978)

Long-term abduc­tion of child can result in jurisdic­tion vesting in state where child is located. Grubs v. Ross, 291 Or 263, 630 P2d 353 (1981)

In abduc­tion cases, jurisdic­tion of decree state continues for reasonable period of time following abduc­tion. Grubs v. Ross, 291 Or 263, 630 P2d 353 (1981)

Where Oregon court rendered original decree and had continuing jurisdic­tion, court was not re­quired to defer to court of an­oth­er state where modifica­tion was already pending. Fenn and Fenn, 63 Or App 506, 664 P2d 1143 (1983)

Uniform Child Custody Jurisdic­tion Act did not apply to paternity ac­tion, because ac­tion was not "custody determina­tion" for purposes of UCCJA. State ex rel Baldwin v. Hale, 86 Or App 361, 738 P2d 1016 (1987)

Filing of peti­tion under Revised Uniform Reciprocal Enforce­ment of Support Act that included request for determina­tion of custody and visita­tion could not confer jurisdic­tion by con­sent where Uniform Child Custody Jurisdic­tion Act jurisdic­tional require­ments were not met. State ex rel State of Washington v. Bue, 117 Or App 477, 844 P2d 278 (1992)

Uniform Child Custody Jurisdic­tion Act applies to adop­tion pro­ceed­ings. State ex rel Torres v. Mason, 315 Or 386, 848 P2d 592 (1993)

Where supple­mental pleading alleges con­duct that could not have been alleged in initial peti­tion, other than new jurisdic­tional basis, jurisdic­tion is measured from time filing of supple­mental pleading commences ac­tion. Stubbs v. Weathersby, 320 Or 620, 892 P2d 991 (1995)

Except in unusual circumstances, Oregon law applies to issues arising out of adop­tion peti­tion properly filed in Oregon, including ques­tions of con­sent signed in an­oth­er state. Stubbs v. Weathersby, 320 Or 620, 892 P2d 991 (1995)

Federal Parental Kidnaping Preven­tion Act preempts state law with regard to modifica­tion of foreign state decrees. Henry and Keppel, 326 Or 166, 951 P2d 135 (1997)

Law Review Cita­tions

12 WLJ 629-641 (1976)

Chapter 109

Law Review Cita­tions

12 WLJ 569-589 (1976)

1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 109—Parent and Child Rights and Relationships, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­109.­html (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
2 Legislative Counsel Committee, Annotations to the Oregon Revised Stat­utes, Cumulative Supplement - 2007, Chapter 109, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­109ano.­htm (2007) (last ac­cessed Feb. 12, 2009).
 
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