Terminology Tuesday: Our Hillsboro Oregon Divorce Lawyer Discusses Parenting Plans

June 22nd, 2016

Each Tuesday our Hillsboro Oregon Divorce Attorney will review some of the terminology used in the divorce process that may be confusing.

Today, we’ll be discussing parenting plans.

Family Figures on Calendar PageA parenting plan is required in separation, custody, annulment, and divorce cases under the laws of some states, which vary by state.

It is a detailed schedule of the minimum parenting time for each parent. The parenting time can be split equally or otherwise by agreement of the parents.

Parenting time is not dependent on legal custody.

The parenting plan typically includes a residential schedule which designates where each minor child will reside on given days. It will often allocate decision making authority to one or both of the parties regarding the children’s education, health care, extracurricular activities, and religious upbringing.

The parties may agree that either parent may make emergency decisions which are in the best interest of the child, regardless of the provisions of the parenting plan.

In Multnomah, Clackamas, Washington and other counties, it is a requirement that every parent in every case involving children attend a parenting class. In Clackamas county, you will attend one 3.5 hour class.

In Multnomah county, you will attend one 3.5 hour class, and in Washington County, you will attend a series of four 90-minute workshops.  If you already took the class, it is possible to waive the requirement.

If you need assistance navigating a divorce with children involved, contact Ronald Allen Johnston here.

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