Are you considering divorce? Perhaps you have children and are concerned whether or not you will be able to retain custody of your child. Maybe you are scared that your spouse will be awarded full custody and leave you with little or no visitation. On the other hand, if you feel that you and your spouse can work together with the best interest of your children in mind then joint legal custody could be a very viable option for you.
Ronald Johnston is extremely knowledgeable on this topic, because he was actually one of the authors of Oregon’s current law on joint custody.
In Oregon, joint custody is different from most other states. That’s because in Oregon, a judge will not rule for joint custody unless both the mother and the father agree to such an arrangement. In most cases, children benefit from having a relationship with both of their parents. Likewise, it’s also important for both parents to have a role in their children’s lives.
When parents can overcome their differences and work together for the benefit of their children, typically everyone involved benefits. However, joint custody does not determine how much time the child will spend with each parent. Rather, joint custody refers to each parent’s ability to have a say in making important decisions according to the best interest of the child. Those decisions might include schooling, medical treatment, religion and living location.