It is important to know that custody and parenting time are different.
Our goal is to explain exactly what you need to know about each below,
so that you can make an informed decision on how to best protect your parenting rights.
Parents will either agree to make these decisions together, in which case they can agree to an award of joint custody. The Court cannot force parents to agree to joint custody.
If parents cannot make these decisions together, and cannot agree to joint custody, the court must award sole custody to one of the parents.
The best way for our office to help you obtain custody of your children is to understand exactly why you want or need custody. Take extra time to think about why it is you want or need an award of sole custody before you come to the office for a consultation. We can have a very productive conversation about how to accomplish your goals.
Our office has crafted hundreds of parenting plans, and has successfully helped parents work through very difficult parenting time disputes. Creating a simple yet thorough parenting plan is essential to making sure your parenting time is protected.
When you come to our office for a consultation, we can provide you with a detailed template on how to best draft one of these plans.
Child support is usually determined based on a few major factors:
This is why it is very important to focus on drafting a parenting plan right the first time. We will help you understand exactly how a child support award is calculated, and help find ways to make sure that child support can be uniquely tailored to your situation.
We help parents in both situations. We also know that every parent and child has their own unique set of wants and needs. We will work hand in hand to understand your needs and find the best solutions.
These decisions determine everything from the final parenting schedule, the decision making authority of each parent, and the amount of child support that will be awarded. It is important that you take the time to properly prepare for the hearing where these decisions are made.
We will help you draft, file and serve the paperwork correctly by proposing the best custody arrangement and parenting plan for your children from the very start.
If a resolution is not possible, we will protect your right to custody and do everything possible to protect your relationship with your children by pursuing the custody and parenting plan that we will craft together.
Every parenting situation is different, and the laws regarding these issues can be complex and overwhelming. This is why having an attorney advise you on how to proceed is important. You want to make sure the court makes a custody and parenting time decision that is in the best interest of your children.
Schedule a consultation with our office to discuss your next steps:
We regularly work with clients who also live in Newberg, Tigard, McMinnville, Tualatin, Oregon City, Wilsonville, and other surrounding communities.
We appear at the courthouses in Washington County, Clackamas County, Multnomah County, and Yamhill County. We can appear in other counties by request.