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Tips for dads fighting for sole or joint custody

The courts believe that children benefit from parenting plans that actively include both parents. Although it is traditional for mothers to retain sole custody of their child, there are circumstances where it is not the only or even the best choice. Today, more fathers want joint custody and a strong relationship with their children than in times past. At Van Ness, Williamson LLP, we often represent father’s who want to spend more time with their child and take an active role in their lives.

How can I make scheduling easier?

Scheduling conflicts are just one of the many hurdles divorced couples in Oregon must face. However, you can make the process a lot less stressful by keeping your children’s best interests in mind, while also keeping strife between you and your ex to a minimum. In order to help you, Very Well Family offers the following advice.

How can I limit spending over the holidays?

As a single parent in Oregon, the holidays can be quite stressful from a financial perspective. While it’s natural you want to lavish your loved ones with gifts, you also want to make sure that you’re financially healthy going into the new year. In this case, creating a solid budget for holiday spending is a must. The Balance offers the following tips that will allow you to do just that.

Who covers the child's medical expenses?

If you have children and you get divorced in Oregon, you will have to make a lot of decisions about who handles what in regards to them moving forward. Besides child support and custody, you also need to think about medical expenses as these are now included in support orders. According to the Department of Justice, the court arranges medical expenses when it sets child support.

What is the best interest of the child?

When you are dealing with child custody and visitation issues in Oregon, you will likely hear the phrase "in the best interest of the child." This is the basis upon which the court makes all decisions regarding a child. Essentially, it means whatever is best for your child without any consideration about what is best for the parents, according to the Oregon State Bar. The court focuses on only on your child. It expects you will as well.

What factors determine how much you pay for child support

If you and your spouse have had children together in Oregon, if you choose to get a divorce, you will need to establish an agreement that discusses how your children will be cared for, by whom and how custody will be shared. This agreement may require that you pay so much each month for child support. Courts figure how much you will be required to pay by looking at several variables. 

Successfully preparing for a custody dispute

When it comes to divorce issues, people face a myriad of challenges beforehand, during their divorce and afterward. In this post, we will look into some ways that people may be able to prepare themselves for a dispute over the custody of their children. Our law office recognizes that child custody can be a very sensitive topic for parents and these disputes can lead to many different emotions, from being upset or stressed out during a dispute to being elated over a court’s decision. However, it is extremely important to maintain your emotions, focus on the options you may have and work through this facet of family law properly.

How can I answer my children’s questions about divorce?

It’s natural that your children will have many questions about your divorce, some of which may be tough to answer. However, it’s important that fully address your child’s concerns when separating, as doing so will provide reassurance in the face of an uncertain future. Because many parents struggle with talking to their kids about divorce, Parents offers the following tips.

How to navigate child custody issues effectively

If you share custody with your ex, navigating conflict is rarely easy. While there may be disputes and disagreements about what’s best for your child, the way you handle these issues can have a real impact on the outcome. Psychology Today recommends the following tips in the event you find yourself at odds with your former spouse about child-rearing issues.

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.

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