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  • What If My Ex and I Disagree About Our Kids' Vaccinations & Other Health Matters?

    What If My Ex and I Disagree About Our Kids' Vaccinations & Other Health Matters? When you and your ex disagree about something as important as your child’s healthcare, it can be difficult to know what to do next. Every good parent wants to protect their child and keep them healthy — but that may mean something different than to you than it does to your ex. For example, you may wish to have your child vaccinated and your child’s other parent may be anti-vaxx. Other medical disputes might involve the choice of doctor for your child, whether or not to administer medications, or choice of medical treatment. ...
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  • Understanding the Differences Between Custody and Parenting Time

    Understanding the Differences Between Custody and Parenting Time If you are going through a divorce or your parenting agreement is going through major changes, it is essential that you understand the differences between child custody and parenting time (which is also often referred to as visitation). There are many ways in which parents may choose to co-parent their kids, some of which involve one parent retaining custody, or both parents sharing custody. Whatever the situation, knowing what role you play in your child’s life, from a legal and a personal perspective, is extremely ...
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  • What Are the Guidelines for Deviating from Child Support?

    What Are the Guidelines for Deviating from Child Support? Oregon maintains a set of child support guidelines meant to ensure children of divorced or separated parents each contribute to the financial welfare of their child. The state believes that each parent should share in the cost of raising and providing for their child, and child support agreements are typically set to follow these state-wide guidelines. However, there are certain circumstances where parents may deviate from these set rules because, for their situation, it would be better for the child if they committed to ...
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  • 3 Things to Know About Long Distance Co-Parenting

    3 Things to Know About Long Distance Co-Parenting Parenting plans allow for divorced or separated parents to maintain healthy relationships with their children. Not all parenting plans are as simple as scheduling which weekends either parent will get a child. And this is especially true when divorced parents live a long distance from one another. For non-residential parents and parents who have physical custody, long distance parenting plans provide the foundation for detailed scheduling and the opportunity for parents to maintain regular contact with their children. At ...
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  • Relocating with Your Child After Divorce

    Relocating with Your Child After Divorce There are several reasons why a divorced parent may wish to relocate with their child. He or she may have a new job opportunity that will put them in a better financial position. Or they may wish to remarry or move to an area that is closer to extended family. Whatever the reason, however, divorced parents can’t just pack up and move as easily as most people. They must first consider how the relocation will affect child custody and visitation arrangements. Can I relocate with my child? In Oregon, custodial parents are ...
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  • What to Do When You Suspect Your Child's Other Parent is Abusing Alcohol or Drugs

    What to Do When You Suspect Your Child's Other Parent is Abusing Alcohol or Drugs If you suspect that your ex-spouse is abusing alcohol or drugs and they have either full or joint custody of your child, your child’s safety is your first priority. What are your options? What action can you take to remove your child from a dangerous situation? First, before you do anything, you should make sure that your suspicions have merit. What kind of evidence do you have? Does your spouse exhibit strange behavior or appear to be using drugs? Have there been accidents in his or her home? Is your child giving any ...
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  • Getting Divorced with Very Young Children

    Getting Divorced with Very Young Children 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 associated with 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, ...
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  • Do Grandparents Have Legal Rights?

    Do Grandparents Have Legal Rights? For many tight-knit families, grandparents play an important role in their grandchildren's lives. When parents divorce, however, sometimes grandparents can get the short end of the stick. Fortunately, there are laws that protect grandparents from being separated from their grandchildren in the event of divorce or separation in the family. Visitation In Oregon, a grandparent can petition for an order establishing visitation rights. In many divorce cases, this is not necessary – both parents remain committed to allowing both ...
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