Jeff Harman is an evaluator trained in the "Oregon Family Institute" (OFI) model, and meets the requirements of the Association of Family Conciliation Courts.

Evaluations include interviews and home visits with each parent, interviews with minor children, and interviews with pertinent sources of collateral information.

Oregon laws (ORS 107.137) establish the standards to be considered when determining child custody:
  • The emotional ties between the child and other family members
  • The interest of the parties and their attitude towards the child
  • The desirability of continuing an existing relationship
  • The abuse of one party by the other
  • The preference for the caregiver of the child, if the caregiver is deemed fit by the court
  • The willingness and ability of each parent to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing relationship between the other party and the child
The final report addresses each of these standards.

Evaluations are objective, impartial, and thorough assessments of the parenting abilities of each of the parties, and result in a detailed parenting plan recommendation.  The goal is to provide reliable information to the parents and the court to determine a parenting plan that is in the best interests of the child.

Custody evaluation services are available anywhere in Oregon, as well as for cases that involve parents who have moved out of state.

For more information, or to obtain an information packet which includes a resume, letters of recommendation, and samples of conclusions from evaluations with names redacted, please call (541) 426-3067.

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