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Child Custody & Parenting Time

Making Educated Decisions For Yourself And For Your Children

Your kids are one of the most important things in your life and may end up being the biggest bone of contention between you and your spouse during your divorce. All decisions by the court are made "in the best interests of the child." You have the opportunity to make choices that are good for you and for your children.

Child Custody

Custody is defined as the decision making power over the children. If parents hold joint custody, they must discuss major life decisions, such as health, religion and education. If only one parent has full custody, he or she will make all of the decisions regarding the children. Joint custody is only ordered if both parties agree to it. If both parties do not agree the judge will not order it.

At Leahy, Van Vactor, Cox & Melendy, LLP, our Springfield child custody attorneys will educate you on all of your options regarding your children and help you negotiate with your spouse regarding custody of your children. We will look for creative solutions that suit both you and your spouse in order to bring about compromise.

Eugene, Oregon, Parenting Time Attorneys

The state of Oregon encourages facilitation of frequent and continuing contact with both parents after a divorce. Each parent gets parenting time or child visitation with his or her children. You and your spouse will be required to create a parenting plan that illustrates how much time each parent will have with his or her children and how this will be implemented. You will also be required to attend a parent education class on how to help your children through this transition and beyond.

Our lawyers can help you create parenting plan to suggest to your spouse and handle negotiations between the two of you. Alternatively, you and your spouse can discuss this together, or attend a mediation session where the two of you will work on your parenting plan with a mediator. If you are unable to come up with a parenting plan you can both agree on, the courts will make the decision for you.

We encourage negotiation or mediation because it allows you to create a parenting plan that is in the best interests of your children while making the whole process more affordable. We understand that there may be situations in which you and your spouse cannot agree. We have extensive trial experience and will give you the best representation possible.

Turn To Leahy, Van Vactor, Cox & Melendy, LLP, For Solutions To Your Problems

Call us at 541-357-9903 or contact us online to schedule an initial appointment.