Oregon Child Custody Attorneys
Legal custody refers to decision-making authority. The parent who is awarded "sole custody" will have the final say in the major decisions in a child's life: where they go to school, the medical treatment they receive, and the religious influence in their lives. Parents who can work together and see eye-to-eye on these major areas may choose to agree to "joint custody." This means that both parents will make those decisions together.
In the event parents cannot agree to joint custody, the court must award sole custody to one of the parents. A judge will review all relevant factors including: who has been the primary caregiver for the children; which parent can best facilitate a relationship between the children and the other parent; the emotional ties between the children and other family members; whether either parent has committed abuse against the other parent or a child; each parent's interest in and attitudes toward the children; and the desirability of continuing an existing relationship.
Custody cases can be very complex and difficult. Trust our experienced family law lawyers to handle your custody case.
What To Expect In A Legal Consultation
As a service to clients, we meet with all potential clients in person, preferably with two attorneys, for the first consultation. This allows us to determine which lawyer is best-suited for any given case, based on the subject matter and the client’s personality. In addition to the client getting two-for-the-price-of-one, this allows both lawyers to meet potential clients and hear the background of each case. Although ultimately only one lawyer will handle the case, the other will then know the basics of each case and can answer questions when a client calls. We offer this initial consultation for a flat-fee of $100.00.
When starting the process for finding a lawyer, potential clients often ask "who is the best child custody lawyer in Oregon or the best Portland child custody lawyer?" The answer is: "the lawyer who gets the results you need." Like the rest of family law, there is not one-size-fits-all when it comes to selecting an attorney. The best lawyer is the one who listens to your circumstances, provides solid legal advice, and facilitates and achieves your goals. Contact one of our Portland divorce lawyers today to set up a consultation.