In Oregon, Both Parents Must Agree to Joint Custody

May 26th, 2017

Ronald Johnston is a respected divorce lawyer practicing in Beaverton Oregon. During his forty years of experience in family law, he has seen firsthand that joint custody can be beneficial to families.

That is, if parents can put aside their differences and work together in the best interest of their child.  For non-married parents to have joint custody, they must both agree to it.

In Oregon, judges will not order joint custody. Also, if one parent changes their mind, the joint custody will be rescinded.

Joint custody is actually “joint legal custody.” That means both parents share in making decisions about, and for, their child—decisions like where to go to school, what religion to practice, what doctors to see.

Joint custody is separate from parenting time (what the State of Oregon calls visitation). The court will create a parenting schedule and will do so in the best interest of the child.

It’s theoretically possible to have joint custody but for the child to spend considerably more time with one parent than the other.

Why should you contact Ronald Johnston about joint custody?

He’s not only a leading divorce lawyer from Beaverton Oregon, but also a member of the Oregon State Bar Family Law Section Task Force on Joint Custody.  Formed in the 1980s, this task force studied joint custody and suggested legislation to benefit families.  Some of the legislation they suggested was passed and is still in use today. Contact Ronald Johnston today to learn how he can help you!



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