Eugene Parenting Time Lawyer

Reaching Favorable Parenting Time Agreements in Oregon

Before the court finalizes your divorce, it will want to see a detailed parenting time agreement. Visitation and parenting time are equivalent terms that relate to the time that each parent can spend with his or her child. At the law firm of Barbara M. Palmer, P.C., in Eugene, Oregon, we help parents resolve issues related to parenting time agreements. These agreements set guidelines for co-parenting and issues related to the custody.

Oregon state statute provides the following policy regarding parenting:

(1) Assure minor children of frequent and continuing contact with parents who have shown the ability to act in the best interests of the child;

(2) Encourage such parents to share in the rights and responsibilities of raising their children after the parents have separated or dissolved their marriage;

(3) Encourage parents to develop their own parenting plan with the assistance of legal and mediation professionals, if necessary;

(4) Grant parents and courts the widest discretion in developing a parenting plan; and

(5) Consider the best interests of the child and the safety of the parties in developing a parenting plan.

The process of coming up with a child custody and parenting time agreement is one of the most difficult decisions of your divorce. The custodial parent may want to ensure a child has a regular schedule that will encourage his or her healthy development. A noncustodial parent worries about losing any input in raising a child. Most courts hold that spending time with both parents is in the best interests of a child. To learn more about creating a healthy parenting plan, you should contact us to schedule an appointment with an experienced family law attorney.

Creating a Workable Parenting Time Agreement

A parenting plan should be flexible enough to allow both parents the time they need to see their child but detailed enough to provide guidance in case of a dispute. While many times there will be no disputes about parenting time, sometimes parties cannot resolve issues and those must be resolved in court. Our firm will help you create a plan that will address issues related to:

  • When can a parent spend time with a child?
  • What drop-off and pickup plans are needed?
  • What happens when a parent substantially interferes with parenting time?
  • What are your options when a parent interferes with parenting time?
  • When can the court modify and enforce child custody and parenting time agreements?

Contact a Eugene Parenting Time Attorney

To learn more about resolving issues related to a child custody or parenting time agreement, you should contact a family law attorney at the law firm of Barbara M. Palmer, P.C., for an initial consultation.