Gresham Child Custody Lawyers
Oregon does not use the word ‘visitation’ when it describes the time a parent has with their child, but rather ‘parenting time’. This is more respectful to both parents roles in the child’s life as parents. Oregon Judge’s take an inclusive approach to parenting and believe frequent contact between both parents and minor children is essential to adequate child development. However, when there are safety concerns about a parent, there are solutions to address those concerns but it is important to approach sincere safety concerns with adequate evidence and solutions.
Oregon does still use the word ‘custody’ to describe a parent’s right to make decisions for a child. If one parent has sole custody, then that custodial parents can make major decisions about medical, education, religion or other major decisions even if the other parent disagrees. If the parents share joint custody, then both parents must agree on major decisions, but a court won’t order ‘joint custody’, unless both parties agree to share this function. What is important to remember, is that ‘custody’ has little to do with how much ‘parenting time’ a parent has. Moreover, ‘custody’ of one parent, does not mean the non-custodial parent does not have substantial parental rights to be involved in a variety of ways including involving education, medical, religion, nor does it eliminate a non-custodial parent’s right to make emergency decisions.
Third Party Custody and Parenting Rights
There can be a big difference between a biological father or mother and a ‘parent’. Oregon law acknowledges that there are ‘psychological parents’ that may not have biological ties. Oregon Judge’s often support a child’s psychological need to remain in frequent contact with their psychological parent, and/or ‘parent-like’ relationships regardless of biology. Oregon has even granted a right called ‘Third- Party Custody” to non-biological psychological parents who have been doing the lion’s share of raising a child, and for a substantial period of time. Also Oregon under certain circumstances allows ‘parenting time’ to persons who have created a familial relationship with a minor child, such as a step-parent. You should consult with an attorney to see if your circumstances qualify as there are many important factors that would need to be present.
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