Conciliatory Child Custody & Parenting Time Attorney Representing Portland, Lake Oswego & Gresham Clients
When you and your spouse divorce and you have children, determining where they will live and how important decisions regarding their care will be made is of the utmost importance. Some couples will inevitably fight over these decisions, but some are able to so without court intervention. Whichever camp you fall into, or somewhere in between, you need an experienced family law attorney who can help you navigate this difficult time.
Custody agreements can be structured in many different ways, as long as the needs of the children are served. There are also several types of custody, including physical or legal and shared or joint. Physical custody refers to where the children will live, whereas legal custody refers to who has the authority to make decisions regarding healthcare, education, and extracurriculars. Parents may be awarded shared or joint physical or legal custody depending on their abilities and the needs of the children.
Parenting Time & Plan
Parenting time, also referred to as visitation, is the court-ordered time a parent without physical custody gets to spend with their child or children. This will be detailed in a parenting plan approved by the court to which both parents are beholden. Parents who violate the terms of a parenting plan risk losing custodial or visitation privileges.
Preparing for Negotiations
If you and your spouse can agree on a custody and parenting time arrangement, you will likely be able to avoid appearing in court and arguing your case. We can interface with your spouse’s attorney on your behalf. Another option is to decide upon these issues in mediation, which we can also facilitate for you. In the event that you cannot agree, we will fight tirelessly for your wishes in front of a judge.