If you and your spouse are the parents of an infant or toddler and have
decided to end your marriage, one of the biggest decisions you will have
to make involves
child custody and parenting time arrangements.
Young children have unique needs
There are a number of complex practical, psychological, and legal issues
divorce with young children. Children form close bonds with those who care for
them during the first few years of their lives (usually their parents),
and divorce can disrupt this process. In fact, research shows that the
quality of their attachment to a caregiver is a predictor of the child’s
future development as well as what problems they are likely to face in
life. Thus, it is extremely important to come up with a well-conceived
parenting plan that allows the child to maintain a healthy relationship
with both parents if at all possible. It is essential that these matters
are handled strategically from the very start.
Does the mother always get custody?
One issue that often arises in divorces involving very young children involves
father’s rights. Although judges in Oregon cannot automatically
assume that the mother should always gain custody of a child (especially
a young child), there are still instances in which a father’s legal
battle is much more difficult. At McKinley Irvin, we show no partiality
based on gender – instead, we focus on the unique needs of the child
and their parents, and take the time to help you come up with a parenting
plan best suited to your situation. We do this by analyzing the full picture,
taking into account such factors as the child’s age, their developmental
pace, any special needs they may have, and much more.
Talk to Our Family Law Attorneys About Your Child Custody Matter
McKinley Irvin is regarded as one of the most reputable divorce law firms
in the Pacific Northwest. If you are seeking a divorce and have a young
child, you will want someone advocating for you who knows how to handle
these types of delicate cases. For more than two decades, we have offered
our clients exceptional legal counsel through our strategic and creative
approach to family law. Our dedicated Portland family law attorneys are
committed to helping our clients achieve their goals and protecting your
We invite you to visit our
page to learn more about our legal professionals, and then
contact our firm
to set up your initial consultation.