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How does Oregon handle parenting time in a divorce?

| May 7, 2020 | Firm News |

Oregon provides a wealth of resources for divorcing parents who want to create a workable custody schedule for their families. Parents can review parenting plans by age to come up with the arrangement that suits their child’s well-being. 

Learn more about how the state manages parenting time in custody cases. 

Important definitions 

Oregon uses the word custody to describe the parent who has decision-making responsibilities for the child. The state will award joint custody if both parents agree and sole custody if either parent objects. 

Parenting time defines the minimum visitation each parent will have with the child. Most Oregon counties require parents to attempt to agree on a plan independently or through mediation before the court will decide. 

Common parenting plan schedules 

The state’s interactive tool lets parents develop a schedule they can use as a starting point. For example, one parent may have alternating weekends and up to 59 overnights during the summer and other school breaks. The number of overnights per year influences the amount of state child support. Common schedules by age include: 

  • Birth to 12 months: Up to 12 hours a week with the noncustodial parent, including up to one overnight 
  • 12 to 36 months: Up to two full nonconsecutive overnight visits each week 
  • Three years and older: Parents can split the week and weekend how they see fit as long as the child sees each parent at least every four days 

Safety-focused parenting plans 

You may need a special parenting plan if you think your child is at risk with the other parent. This may apply if the other parent: 

  • Has committed harm or threats of harm to family members or others 
  • Is the subject of a no-contact or protection order 
  • Has used or threatened to use weapons to harm someone 
  • Failed to return the children or threatened to do so 
  • Has an untreated substance use disorder 
  • Threatened to harm himself or herself 
  • Damaged property or injured pets 

Visit your county court to start the process of a safety-focused parenting plan.