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How is child custody decided?
Child custody disputes are one of the biggest, most stressful times parents face. For fathers, these are especially crucial moments.
The courts recognize the importance of both parents remaining in a child’s life after divorce. While there are situations where one parent is favored over the other, that generally only happens in cases of abuse or neglect, when it places the child’s health and safety in jeopardy.
When creating a parenting plan, the courts consider many factors. They account for the child’s relationship with each parent and other siblings. Location, physical environment, parenting ability, and more also play a role.
What is a Parenting Plan?
The court document that addresses custody matters is called a parenting plan.
These orders establish:
- where a child lives,
- which parent holds the decision-making authority,
- how much time you spend together,
- and who controls choices about education, religion, medical care, and more.
In short, if it involves custody, visitation, or childcare decisions, the parenting plan lays out the specifics. Because it defines how much involvement you have in your child’s life, these documents are massively important. It’s vital to protect your rights as a father and guarantee your continued role in your child’s upbringing.
But in the end, it’s the child’s ultimate well-being that takes precedence over other concerns.
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Types of Child Custody
Some things are too important to leave to chance. To give yourself every advantage, look for the best child custody lawyer for your case.
- Since two cases are ever the same, “best” is a relative term.
- What’s "best" in one situation may not be in another. They key is to find the right fit for you and the specific needs of your case.
- What's "best" for one case can be completely different than another depending on circumstances.
Portland has many excellent family law attorneys, but finding the perfect match provides a major benefit. Our managing attorney, Colin Amos, will match you to the attorney that will best fit your needs