CHILD CUSTODY PROCEEDINGS: When two parents cannot agree on custody and parenting time, the main issue becomes: “what is the best interest of the child?"
Usually, what is in the best interest of the child is disputed and debated between both parents. During child custody proceedings, you will be expected to make important decision for yourself, and on your child's behalf. Not all decisions have to be difficult. Our attorneys will guide you through the child custody proceedings and help you reach your goal. We will first get a clear picture of how life has been for you and your children. Next, we will identify your legal options and present a strategy to help you reach your goal. We strive to find a solution that works best for you and your children.
Our law firm primarily handles child custody cases. We understand that you want to protect your children at all cost. Seeking legal representation will help ensure that fair child custody terms are entered for you and on your children's behalf. MODIFICATION AND ENFORCEMENT ACTIONS: When an existing child custody order is unworkable, a parent can ask the court for a modification of that order. Our firm can review your situation and determine the best strategy to obtain a new child custody order. We can also represent you in enforcement actions and contempt of court proceedings. If one parent refuses to cooperate with a child custody order, you can ask the courts to enforce compliance. We can help you determine the best possible strategy in ensuring that your child custody order is enforced. CONTACT US: We care about our clients and we are prepared to help you today.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQ):
(1) How does a judge determine which parent will be awarded custody of their children?
The factors include: the emotional ties between the child and other family members; the interest of the parent in the child and the parent’s attitude toward the child; the desirability of continuing an existing relationship; the abuse of one parent by another; the preference for the primary caregiver of the child, if the caregiver is deemed fit by the court; the willingness and ability of each parent to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing relationship between the other parent and the child. (2) What is joint custody in Oregon?
Joint custody is an award of legal custody to both parents. It assumes that each parent has the legal authority to make major decisions regarding the child’s education, religion training, health care, etc. The court will only award joint legal custody if both parents agree to it and both parents communicate and cooperate with each other.
(3) How is a parenting plan implemented in Oregon?
The court will normally approve any parenting plan that you and your spouse agree on. You are able to draft your own or each county has their own model parenting plan which can be used if you do not want to create your own.(4) How is child support calculated in Oregon?
Child support is calculated using the Oregon Uniform Child Support Guidelines. Everyone must use the Child Support Calculator located on the Oregon DOJ website. The calculator takes into account each parent’s gross monthly income, spousal support payments, the number of overnights per year each parent has with the children, daycare costs, and health insurance premiums.(5) Is a parenting class required in Oregon for a divorce? Yes, Oregon requires that both parents complete a parenting class in the divorce process. The class usually lasts four hours and explains ways in which parents can help their children adjust to divorce. The cost and length vary by county.