Parenting Time Plans

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In Oregon, a divorcing or unmarried couple must draft a parenting plan after child custody rights are determined. The plan may be general or specific, depending on the needs of the parties and children. Many, but not all, counties have local rules that courts must follow regarding parenting plans. The court’s power to order a parenting plan is very broad and discretionary, and judges will use the “best interests of the child” standard to draft a parenting plan when parties cannot agree on their own. If parents do agree, most courts will automatically accept and approve the parenting plan. Portland custody attorney Ronald Allen Johnston has been representing mothers and fathers in child custody cases for over 40 years, and he helps his clients draft parenting plans that work and best serve their families’ needs.

The Basic Requirements of Oregon Parenting Plans

A basic parenting plan may include a general outline of how the parents will share parental responsibilities and parenting time, and it may allow the parents to develop a more detailed agreement on an informal basis. However, a parenting plan must set forth the minimum amount of parenting time and access a noncustodial or joint custodial parent is entitled to have, including:

  • Residential schedule;
  • Holiday, birthday and vacation planning;
  • Weekends, including holidays, and school in-service days preceding or following weekends;
  • Decision-making and responsibility;
  • Information sharing and access;
  • Relocation of parents;
  • Telephone access;
  • Transportation; and
  • Methods for resolving disputes.

Multnomah County Parenting Plan Guidelines

The Fourth Judicial District have additional rules for parenting plans, therefore divorce courts and parents in Multnomah County must also consider:

  • The developmental stage and any special needs of the child
  • The child’s school and activity schedules, and
  • The practical factors such as the distance between households, the number of transitions for the child, and any other relevant practical considerations.

Multnomah County also calls for a safety-focused parenting plan in certain situations. These types of plans restrict parenting time due to domestic violence, child abuse, serious mental illness and significant substance abuse issues. Multnomah County also requires mandatory mediation for parents unless waived by the court. Other counties also have special rules for parenting plans.

Drafting and agreeing to a parenting time plan can be as easy or as difficult as parents want to make them. Most parents wish to spend as much time as possible with their children, and the parenting plan will affect child support obligations. Do not make the mistake of agreeing to child custody or a parenting plan without legal representation. Contact Portland family lawyer Ronald Allen Johnston for a consultation today for more information about how parenting plans will affect your family and situation.

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