A Brief Explanation of Parenting Time – Part 1

November 28th, 2016

Your divorce attorney in Portland can help you receive an appropriate amount of parenting time. That’s assuming you don’t already have physical custody of your children.

Parenting Time at beachIf you do have physical custody, then your divorce attorney can help ensure that the other parent receives parenting time that’s fair to you.

What exactly is “parenting time?”

Quite simply, parenting time is “visitation.” In the State of Oregon, the term “visitation” is no longer used. Instead, courts use the phrase “parenting time.”

You’re probably familiar with what people say about parenting- it’s mostly just being there for your children.

When you’re divorced, and don’t have custody, having a good parenting time plan is key to staying in your children’s lives.

Here are some goals of parenting time:

• To provide children with frequent contact with both parents as long as those parents are positively caring for their children’s welfare.
• To encourage both parents to participate in raising their offspring despite being divorced.
• To help parents create a parenting plan on their own. While the parenting plan can be beneficial to both parents, it should ultimately be designed so it’s in the best interest of their children.

To read part two of this series, click here.

If you’re going through a divorce in Portland, and need a competent attorney, contact Ronald Johnston. He has been fighting for the rights of parents for more than 40 years.

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