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Child Custody & Visitation -- Parenting Time

Oregon Child Custody

It is often a difficult decision to determine which spouse receives primary child custody and which receives visitation rights. Attorney Daniel Van Eaton has helped many people resolve their child custody issues. If you face a divorce and need a parenting time agreement, contact Daniel Van Eaton  for a consultation.

Shared Parenting Time

Factors that the court uses to decide who acquires primary custody of the children include:

  • Who is the primary caretaker? 

  • What are the emotional ties between the child and family members?

  • What are the interests of the parents and what are their attitudes about the children?

  • Does the parent desire to continue a relationship with the child?

  • Was there any abuse from one parent to the other, and did the children observe that abuse?

  • Is there a willingness of each parent to maintain a relationship with the other parent for the benefit of the child?

However, the most prominent child custody factor still is who has primary custody of the children. Usually, but not always, that person will get sole custody. In addition, the court will always try to keep siblings together under the same roof. Joint physical custody is also possible, but the court generally frowns on the practice.

If parents are in disagreement over how to handle Oregon legal child visitation and custody issues, the court often will recommend that a child study be performed. In this situation, a third party will interview the whole family and make visits to the parent’s homes in order to make a recommendation to the court. In instances where the parents cannot afford to have a child study there is a court conciliation fund that will pay for the service.

  Contact Daniel Van Eaton to speak to a lawyer about Oregon child custody.

Daniel H. Van Eaton
Attorney & Counselor at Law
350 Mission Street SE
Suite 101
Salem, Oregon 97302
Phone: (503) 399-8800
Fax: (503) 391-0315

T he law office of Daniel H. Van Eaton, in Salem Oregon, represents clients in Marion County and Polk County, including the communities of Woodburn, Silverton, Jefferson, Keizer, Dallas, Independence, Monmouth and surrounding areas.



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