As a parent and step-parent, Jason Pierson understands that your children’s well-being is your top priority. In Oregon, either parent can be awarded custody of your child or children, or the parents can share joint custody , but only if both parents agree to this arrangement. Whether you believe you and your ex can jointly make decisions for the best interest of your children, or you believe you should have decision-making ability for the best interest of your children, Pierson Family Law, LLC, is ready to help with compassionate and competent advocacy.

Understanding The Factors Considered in Awarding Custody

The courts of Oregon look to a set of factors when considering which parent should be awarded custody of your children, including but not limited to:

  • Which parent is the primary caregiver to the child or children
  • If one parent was abused by the other
  • Both parties’ interests in the child or children and attitude toward the child or children
  • The emotional ties between the child or children and other family members
  • The desirability of continuing an existing relationship with people other than the parents
  • The reasonableness and willingness of each parent to continue a relationship with the other parent and the child or children
  • Any other factor that the court deems relevant

Because of these differing factors, and presumptions that must be taken into consideration if abuse has occurred in the relationship, working with a Portland attorney on this issue can be important to make sure that your children are properly cared for.  Pierson Family Law, LLC will ensure you understand these factors and help you determine whether joint or sole custody may be the best decision in your case.

Differences Between Custody and Parenting Time

Although custody and parenting time are often thought of together, Oregon law has two different standards for the two different issues.  While custody is determined by the factors discussed above, parenting time decisions are solely based on the best interest of your children.  The parent with custody is allowed to make decisions related to the child’s school, religious decisions, and non-emergency medical care.  However, the non-custodial parent still has numerous rights related to their child or children.  On the other hand, parenting time relates only to the time that you children are in your care.

No matter what your situation may be, Portland attorney Jason Pierson is ready to assist you. Contact Pierson Family Law, LLC, to make an appointment with a compassionate child focused attorney, and ensure your children’s needs are being met through the property custody decision and parenting plan.