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Only if your Judgment gives you specific authority to determine the children’s place of residence. A sole custody judgment does not give you the right to move without additional steps.
When a child is adopted, the birth parent’s rights are terminated and the adoptive parent is the child’s legal parent. Adoption is permanent. If a couple adopts a child and later divorces, each must realize that either party could be awarded custody of the adopted child or be ordered to pay child support.
There are two types of custody: sole custody and joint custody. Each situation is unique regarding the amount of parenting time to the mother and the father. The type of custody granted also affects which parent has the final say in major decisions about the child’s upbringing, such as education, religion, and medical care.
Oregon Courts decide child custody when the parents cannot. The court considers the best interests of the child when making a ruling. Child support payments are based on an income shares model. Each parent is required to contribute financially to their child's upbringing and each person's share is calculated in proportion to their income. Each parent must provide copies of his or her W-2s to verify income. Along with the income statements, the court considers each parent's ability to borrow funds, earning capacity, and the child's needs. The court may order the parent paying child support to buy a life insurance policy and keep it in force so that the child will still be supported if the parent dies before he or she reaches the age of majority.
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