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What are the types of custody?

When you have children and your relationship ends with the other parent, typically, you will need to establish some type of custody arrangement. It is often in your best interests to do so through the court. If you are getting a divorce in Oregon, this is handled as part of that process. If you were not married, then you need to take the initiative to start court proceedings.

Modifying your Oregon child support order

If you are an Oregon parent and you either pay or receive child support, a time may come when you need to modify the amount determined when your child support order initially took effect. Maybe you now have more children to support, or perhaps your child has medical needs he or she did not when the two of you originally determined the amount of your child support order. Regardless of your reasoning for desiring a child support modification, however, there is certain criteria you must meet to do so. At Van Ness, Williamson LLP, we have a comprehensive understanding of Oregon’s child support modification process, and we have helped many clients who desired changes find solutions that meet their needs.

How Is Child Custody Determined in Oregon?

If you’re going through a divorce in Oregon and you have children, decisions about child custody are likely on your mind. As a result, many parents wonder just how the court determines which parent receives primary custody, and what exactly that entails. The Oregon State Bar offers the following information on what goes into making custody decisions in the state.

How can you make your divorce easier on the children?

Your divorce is likely to be one of the most emotionally challenging times of your life, regardless of how well you and your spouse get along. Divorce is even harder on children. It can be upsetting and traumatic to see their parents living in different places, as well as confusing when they are expected to split their time between homes. You and other Oregon parents may wonder how to make this period less conflicting for your children.

When a custody dispute gets out of hand

We know how hard life can be for parents who are working their way through a bitter divorce. From disagreements involving the distribution of marital property and worries about paying or even receiving child support to uncertainty about their future, the end of marriage is often a major life change for both parties. However, issues involving the custody of children can be especially hard for custodial and non-custodial parents, not to mention their children. If you are involved in a custody dispute that has become hostile or taken a turn for the worse, you should carefully review which options you have and strive to protect your child's best interests.

How is a child support amount calculated?

For residents of Oregon, resources have been made available to parents who are seeking financial assistance in the form of child support. According to the state's Department of Justice, the Oregon Child Support Program is in place to help parents figure out exactly how much support one parent needs to pay to the other in order to best fill the needs of the child in question.

Dealing with parental relocation

For several of the clients that we here at Van Ness, Williamson LLP have worked with during their divorces, the hardest challenge they have to overcome is moving on with their lives following the end of their marriages. If you and your ex-spouse are having the same difficulty, then you may understand his or her reasoning for wanting to relocate to a new area. Yet if the two of you have children together, that can cause major custodial issues. You no doubt want to continue to be a part of your kids' lives, yet that may become difficult if your ex chooses to move away with them. 

What unmarried fathers should know about child custody rights

A few years ago, you met the love of your life. She seemed like your perfect match. She made you laugh. She shared your passions for hunting and football. She even claimed to like your cooking. When she got pregnant, you decided to move in together. Since neither of you really believed in the construct of marriage, you were happy just knowing you were committed to each other.

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