Oregon Child Custody & Parenting Time Attorney
At the law firm of Barbara M. Palmer, P.C., in Eugene, Oregon, we zealously represent mothers, fathers, grandparents and other interested parties in custody and parenting time controversies without putting children in the middle of the dispute. We are committed to providing the most effective service to each of our valued clients in a caring and compassionate manner.
We handle related issues involving:
- Child custody, legal custody, joint custody and parenting time modifications
- Custody and parenting time evaluations
- Grandparent custody, visitation and grandparents’ rights cases
- Interstate jurisdictional issues involving the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act (UCCJA)
- Mediation and settlement agreements
- Parenting time, parenting plans and co-parenting issues
Legal Custody and Joint Custody
Sole custody means having the final responsibility for decisions concerning a child.
A joint custody order often designates one parent as the primary caregiver and gives the other parent specific parenting time. It does not mean that the child or children must spend an equal or substantial amount of time in each parent’s home. In situations where joint custody is awarded, the parents share all or most of the decision-making authority about the welfare of the children. Oregon courts cannot order joint custody unless both parents agree to terms.
Making Child Custody and Parenting Time Arrangements
A divorce judgment or court order will customarily address custody and parenting time issues. If the parents are able to reach a child custody agreement between themselves on these issues, they can avoid a long, contentious and expensive court battle. If they cannot agree, the court will receive evidence from both sides and make child custody and parenting time decisions that are in the best interests of the children.
When making decisions as to custody or parenting time the court will consider many factors, including:
- Which parent has historically been the children’s primary caregiver; the length of time the children have lived in a stable, satisfactory environment; and the desirability of maintaining continuity
- The love, affection and other emotional ties existing between the parties involved and the child
- The capacity and disposition of the parents to provide the child with food, clothing, medical care or other remedial care recognized and permitted under the laws of this state in place of medical care, and other material needs
- Domestic abuse – Oregon law presumes that it is not best for the child to be in the custody of a parent who has abused the other parent.
- Whether one parent is more likely to help the other parent keep a close relationship with the children. The judge won’t consider this if one parent shows that the other parent has been abusive and that a continuing relationship with the children would be dangerous for either the parent or the children.
- The preference of the child, if the court considers the child to be old enough to express a preference
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