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How to Modify a Custody Order

Custody orders aren’t necessarily set in stone. Oregon law recognizes that there may be situations in which modifying a child custody order may be in the best interests of the child. However, it’s important to understand that once an order is in effect, neither parent can simply make changes on their own accord — they must either agree to the… Read More
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Avoiding Conflict in Child Custody Matters

Child custody can be one of the most contentious issues in a divorce. Parents might face disputes regarding parenting styles, living arrangements, parenting time, and many other issues. While these situations can be emotionally difficult for both parents and children, there are a few things you can do to avoid conflict in custody matters. Here are… Read More
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What is the Difference Between Adoption, Guardianship, and Custody?

Adoption, guardianship, and custody are three concepts in family law that are often confused. However, they are three separate legal processes in Oregon that have very different legal effects on a parent-child relationship. Adoption: allows a non-biological parent to become a child’s legal parent with all of the rights and obligations that are av… Read More
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What is Parenting Coordination?

Child custody can often be a difficult matter for parents to resolve, even when the parties are amicable. Parenting coordination is a type of alternative dispute resolution that can assist parents with developing an effective parenting plan that will meet their family’s needs — and the best interests of their children. Importantly, by working w… Read More
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Categories: Child Custody, Divorce

What is the Role of a Parenting Time Coordinator?

Many people involved in family law cases involving child custody or parenting time have an idea about what a family law lawyer, a mediator, and a Judge do. However, there is another professional that can play a role in the family court setting, and that is a Parenting Time Coordinator (Coordinator) – many people don’t know how a PTC can serve t… Read More
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Do Stepparents Have Rights in Oregon?

A stepparent often plays a very important role in the lives of their stepchildren and may develop strong emotional bonds with them as they grow up. They might even assume the role of being the primary caretaker for their stepchildren. In such situations, it can be particularly devastating for the child if the stepparent and biological parent decide… Read More
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Can You Move Out of State with an Existing Custody Agreement?

If you have a parenting plan in Oregon but you are looking to relocate to a different state, you might be wondering whether you can move away with your child. Perhaps you have an employment opportunity in another state or are looking to reside closer to extended family. Regardless of whether a parent has a valid reason for wanting to move, child re… Read More
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Tips for Co-Parenting During the Holidays

Whether it’s your first holiday post-divorce or you’ve been apart for several years, co-parenting can be particularly challenging between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. While the holidays should be a time for relaxation, fun, and celebration, they can also be incredibly stressful when co-parents aren’t on good terms. However, by putting a… Read More
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Do I Need a Parenting Time Coordinator?

Parenting time is a crucial issue that must be determined in Oregon divorces when spouses who share children part ways. However, parenting time schedules can be complex — and it can often be difficult for parents to agree on all the details. In high-conflict situations where parents cannot agree on the issues concerning the terms of parenting tim… Read More
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Do Kids Get a Choice in Custody Arrangements?

Ending a relationship when parties have children together doesn’t only affect the parties. It can have a tremendous impact on the couple’s children, especially when custody is at issue. While parents usually know what’s best for their kids when it comes to custody matters, children might sometimes have their own preferences concerning where a… Read More
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