Custody & Parenting Time

No matter what mistakes were made in your relationship, your kids are something you’d both probably agree you did right. We believe having an attorney experienced in custody and parenting time issues who will listen to your goals for your family and work with you to figure out what custody arrangement and parenting time schedule is best for your children is key to helping your family move forward after the breakdown of your relationship. 

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with an experienced attorney who will work with you to figure out what custody arrangement and parenting time schedule is best for your children.

Custody

Child custody can be one of the most daunting and hotly contested issues in any divorce. In Oregon, Custody is not the time you spend with a child–that’s Parenting Time–but the rights and responsibilities to make major decisions concerning a child, including, but not limited to, the child’s residence, education, health care, and religious training. At Tapestry, we understand the gravity of these decisions. Please schedule an initial consultation with an attorney experienced in custody issues who can guide you through the process one step at a time.

Parenting Plans

You love your children and want to spend as much time with them as possible. It is the policy of the State of Oregon to assure children get frequent and continuing contact with parents who can act in the children’s best interests. In Oregon, Parenting Time is the schedule for when children have contact with parents. A Parenting Plan  typically outlines the rules and schedule regarding Parenting Time. Please schedule an initial consultation with an attorney experienced in helping parents create a Parenting Plan that meets children’s best interests.

Rights of Nonparents

Even though a child may not be legally or biologically yours doesn’t mean you can’t love that child and have a parent-child bond with that child.

Psychological or De Facto Parents
The Oregon Legislature enacted a statute recognizing the existence of Psychological Parents (aka De Facto Parents). This statute gives such parents the right to seek visitation or even custody of the child with whom they share a parent-child bond. Tapestry Family Law can help you demonstrate to the court that you and the child have this type of close relationship. Psychological/De Facto Parent cases are complex and we strongly recommend consulting with an attorney before petitioning the court. 

Grandparent Rights
In Oregon, Grandparents do not have automatic rights to see their grandchildren. However, grandparents with strong ties to their grandchildren may petition the court for visitation rights or—in some cases—custody. Grandparent custody and visitation cases are complicated, and it is generally a good idea to consult with an attorney to see if you meet the necessary criteria before petitioning the court.

Relocation

Just because a parent has the opportunity to move far away for a better situation does not necessarily mean it’s what is best for the children.  In Oregon, unless it’s found to be in the children’s best interest, there is a strict policy against allowing children to relocate with one parent far away from the other parent. However, in certain circumstances, moving far away or out-of-state can be in the children’s best interests.

Whether you are the parent who wants to relocate with your children or the parent who wants to stop the other parent from relocating with your children, we can help you understand your rights and guide you through the process. We invite you to schedule an initial consultation with an experienced Family Law Attorney to answer your questions and help understand the process.

Modification

Often after people have a court judgment for custody and parenting time, life changes in unexpected ways. For example, a parent may lose a job or remarry, the same parenting plan that worked when a child was a toddler no longer works now that the child is eight, or a parent may realize that joint custody just isn’t working out. Fortunately, Oregon courts understand that life happens and allow you to modify custody and parenting time. It’s important to speak with an attorney experienced in custody and parenting time modifications to see if you meet the criteria necessary to modify custody and parenting time.

Enforcement

It is extremely frustrating when one parent frequently doesn’t follow the parenting plan. Fortunately, Oregon courts have a wide range of remedies available to enforce the parenting plan, including makeup parenting time, financial penalties, and changing the parenting time schedule. Each county in Oregon has specific procedures for expedited hearings, so it’s important to consult with an attorney familiar with these procedures before filing an enforcement action with the court.