His mother moved to Florida and says that he is better off with me. She has no intent of contesting.
If the custody case is uncontested, it is just a matter of getting the correct paperwork together and getting her signature. The court charges a filing fee, and an attorney will typically charge hourly for the time spent in preparing documents, communication with you and her to get the information needed and signatures, etc. You should consult with an attorney privately to make sure everything is done correctly.
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The filing fee for a custody petition - which must be paid and filed, even if the matter is uncontested - is $273 in most Oregon counties. You may also need to pay a process server to serve the petition on the other parent - Oregon county sheriff's offices charge $36 for this, but if the other parent is in Florida, you'd need someone there to do it. If they waive their appearance (or just fail to reply in time), then there would be no further court costs.
That said, I would urge you to consult with an attorney in private to be sure the matter is handled properly. You could try to do it yourself using court-provided forms, but there's a greater risk of something going wrong. If this is a priority for you, I would encourage you to retain an attorney to do the paperwork. If the matter is uncontested, it shouldn't be that expensive (perhaps in the neighborhood of $500).
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