2015 ORS 417.355¹
Principles of family law system

The Sixty-eighth Legislative Assembly accepts the recommendations of the Task Force on Family Law and recognizes that a comprehensive family law system must reflect the following principles:

(1) The welfare of children shall be paramount in the resolution of family conflicts.

(2) Children must learn to develop healthy relationships and to resolve conflicts in peaceful ways.

(3) Whenever possible and appropriate, children shall continue to have both parents in their lives and parents shall be encouraged to work out agreements between themselves regarding their children.

(4) The safety and economic well-being of family members shall be given priority.

(5) Family members in conflict must have appropriate forums in which to grieve and accept change.

(6) All families deserve respect and the support of social policy. [1995 c.800 §1]


1 Legislative Counsel Committee, CHAPTER 417—Interstate Compacts on Juveniles and Children; Children and Family, https://­www.­oregonlegislature.­gov/­bills_laws/­ors/­ors417.­html (2015) (last ac­cessed Jul. 16, 2016).
2 OregonLaws.org contains the con­tents of Volume 21 of the ORS, inserted along­side the per­tin­ent statutes. See the preface to the ORS An­no­ta­tions for more information.
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.