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Child Custody in Portland

Divorce is a difficult time filled with emotion and a host of feelings. When there are children involved, the process becomes even more heart wrenching. The important thing that all parties must remember is that decisions are to be made for the best interests of the children. Custody in Portland is geared to this goal.

It is always best for parents to work out custody between themselves. Unfortunately, parents often cannot agree on custody decisions during particularly difficult divorces. In these cases the courts are called upon to settle the disputes between the parties. A skilled child custody lawyer in Portland can help protect your relationship with your child and provide the best future possible for you and your family.

There is a presumption in Oregon that joint custody is in the best interest of the children involved in a divorce. This means that parents are expected to make decisions about the child together, and share in the rights and duties of parenting. When this is not possible, a single parent may be awarded sole custody.

Considerations for custody

In Portland, child custody may be sole or joint. If a parent has abused a family or household member, there is a rebuttable presumption that it is not in the best interests and welfare of the child to award sole or joint custody to the parent who committed the abuse.

The conduct, marital status, income, social environment, or life style of either parent may be considered in determining custody when it is shown that there are factors that are causing or may cause emotional or physical damage to the child. The best interests of the child is the driving force behind a Portland custody issue. No preference is given to either parent based upon gender.

Custody may be modified

Life is fluid and courts understand that circumstances of the parties involved may and do change over time. A child custody or child support order may be modified or changed in Portland. Should a parent decide to seek modification to a custody order, the court will examine whether circumstances render the change proper and if it is in the best interest of the child to do so.

For assistance with with Portland child custody

If you have questions about custody in Portland, contact Gearing, Rackner & Engel, LLP to speak to one of our highly skilled attorneys.

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