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Experts say parents should equally share parenting time

The image of the divorced child continues to persist in TV, movies and other forms of media -- weekdays with mom and weekends, or every other weekend, with dad, and sometimes even less. Historically this has been true, with mothers most often holding sole custody and fathers only given access to small periods of parenting time. Although family law in Oregon has already begun to shift toward shared parenting, experts on the matter are still pressing the issue to make sure that divorcing parents understand just how important both parents can be to a child's well-being.

Experts say parents should equally share parenting time

The image of the divorced child continues to persist in TV, movies and other forms of media -- weekdays with mom and weekends, or every other weekend, with dad, and sometimes even less. Historically this has been true, with mothers most often holding sole custody and fathers only given access to small periods of parenting time. Although family law in Oregon has already begun to shift toward shared parenting, experts on the matter are still pressing the issue to make sure that divorcing parents understand just how important both parents can be to a child's well-being.

Important issues regarding child custody in Oregon

Most parents in Oregon strive to act in the best interests of their whole families; however, some face complications and difficulties due to divorce. A common dispute between soon-to-be former spouses often involves child custody issues and other future plans for the care and upbringing of any children involved. Because most parents want to make informed decisions with regard to future co-parenting plans after divorce, it is advisable to seek the assistance of a qualified family law attorney in such circumstances.

Important issues regarding child custody in Oregon

Most parents in Oregon strive to act in the best interests of their whole families; however, some face complications and difficulties due to divorce. A common dispute between soon-to-be former spouses often involves child custody issues and other future plans for the care and upbringing of any children involved. Because most parents want to make informed decisions with regard to future co-parenting plans after divorce, it is advisable to seek the assistance of a qualified family law attorney in such circumstances.

Do you understand how child custody can affect taxes?

Child custody should, of course, always be determined based on whatever is in a child's best interest. However, it is still important for Oregon parents to understand the financial implications of various arrangements. Previously, married parents who filed joint taxes should be sure to consider how taxes -- specifically the child tax credit -- will be handled following the finalization of the divorce and child custody agreement.

Do you understand how child custody can affect taxes?

Child custody should, of course, always be determined based on whatever is in a child's best interest. However, it is still important for Oregon parents to understand the financial implications of various arrangements. Previously, married parents who filed joint taxes should be sure to consider how taxes -- specifically the child tax credit -- will be handled following the finalization of the divorce and child custody agreement.

Children's best interests less clear in interstate child custody

The best interests of the child should always be the main focus of any comprehensive child custody arrangement, but when a custodial parent intends to move to another state outside of Oregon, it can become exceptionally difficult to discern what that best interest actually is. No matter where either parent is located, parenting time is still an important part of interstate child custody agreements. Even when separated by state lines, we understand how important parental involvement is in a child's life.

Children's best interests less clear in interstate child custody

The best interests of the child should always be the main focus of any comprehensive child custody arrangement, but when a custodial parent intends to move to another state outside of Oregon, it can become exceptionally difficult to discern what that best interest actually is. No matter where either parent is located, parenting time is still an important part of interstate child custody agreements. Even when separated by state lines, we understand how important parental involvement is in a child's life.

In some instances, divorce is in the best interests of the child

Oregon parents may sometimes be inclined to avoid divorce for the sake of their children. Admittedly, there is nothing wrong with attempting to work certain issues out before deciding that filing for divorce is the best course of action, but when problems cannot be resolved, divorce may be the most beneficial option for all those involved. Parents can then move forward and focus on what is in the best interests of the child. 

In some instances, divorce is in the best interests of the child

Oregon parents may sometimes be inclined to avoid divorce for the sake of their children. Admittedly, there is nothing wrong with attempting to work certain issues out before deciding that filing for divorce is the best course of action, but when problems cannot be resolved, divorce may be the most beneficial option for all those involved. Parents can then move forward and focus on what is in the best interests of the child.