Child Custody

Gresham Child Custody Lawyers

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Parent with custodyWe understand how important your child’s well-being and welfare is to you. At Gresham Family & Bankruptcy Law, we take pride in vigorously protecting our clients’ parental rights. Don’t leave it up to chance or the other side to make all the crucial parenting time and child custody decisions that can have a lasting impact on your child’s life. Let our experienced child custody attorneys in Gresham help you make sure you get a fair say in your child’s life.

Contact us today by calling (503) 470-2230.

Handling All Kinds of Custody Matters

There are many complex issues in divorces involving children, including parenting time, custody, third-party custody, and parenting plans, to name just a few. The following definitions provide a high-level overview.

Parenting Time

Oregon does not use the word “visitation” when it describes the time a parent has with their child. Instead, it is called “parenting time.” This is more respectful to both parents’ roles in the child’s life as parents. Oregon judges take an inclusive approach to parenting and believe frequent contact between minor children and both parents is essential to child development. When there are safety concerns about a parent, Oregon law offers solutions to ensure the child’s safety and well-being.

Custody

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 parent can make major decisions for the child – even if the other parent disagrees. If the parents share joint custody, then they must agree on major decisions. A court won’t order joint custody unless both parties agree to share this function.

Remember: custody has little to do with how much parenting time a parent has. Moreover, one parent having sole custody does not mean the other parent lacks substantial rights to be involved in a variety of ways.

These can include:

  • Education
  • Medical treatment
  • Religion
  • The right to make emergency decisions

Third-Party Custody & Parental 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 to a child. Oregon judges 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 for a substantial period of time.

Under certain circumstances, Oregon also 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.

Parenting Plans

After the parents make a decision regarding custody, a parenting plan must be created to establish the time each parent will have with the children. The state of Oregon has prepared a guideline and suggested methods to create a parenting plan that may work for you. However, parenting plans can be as individual as your family’s needs. The court will usually approve a parenting plan when you and your spouse agree to the terms.

There are many schedules that work, but typical schedules involve:

  • Alternating weekends
  • Dividing the summer months into longer times with each parent
  • Rotating birthdays, Christmas, and other holidays

Our Gresham child custody attorneys can assist you with developing a plan. If you are unable to resolve a dispute over parenting time, a judge will establish one. We can represent you in the courtroom if your case resorts to litigation.

Turn to GFBL

Our firm has extensive experience handling child custody and parenting time cases with care. We have a proven track record of success and a genuine desire to protect your rights as a parent. Our goal is to help you achieve a favorable resolution in the most efficient, cost-effective manner possible.

Get in touch with us today by calling (503) 470-2230.

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