Oregon’s Parenting Policy

When consulting with Oregon parents about parenting time and parenting plans, I get lots of questions about what kind of parenting time a judge might order.  There is a lot of misinformation about what Judges do in setting or modifying parenting plans.  A common concern I hear, even from very involved parents,  is about loosing rights with the kids, or having very limited parenting time with their children.  This has been made worse by some Oregon counties having restricted parenting plans posted as examples on their websites.  It is actually the policy of the State of Oregon to provide substantial parenting time to good parents.  ORS 107.101 provides that it is the policy of this state to:

(1) Assure minor children of frequent and continuing contact with parents who have shown the ability to act in the best interests of the child;

(2) Encourage such parents to share in the rights and responsibilities of raising their children after the parents have separated or dissolved their marriage;

(3) Encourage parents to develop their own parenting plan with the assistance of legal and mediation professionals, if necessary;

(4) Grant parents and courts the widest discretion in developing a parenting plan; and

(5) Consider the best interests of the child and the safety of the parties in developing a parenting plan.

Involved good parents should get substantial time with the children.  If you have been a good involved parent and your ex is trying to limit your time, you should talk to an experienced family law attorney.

About Sean Stephens

By Sean Stephens Google + Sean Stephens is divorce and family law lawyer, and a founding member of Stephens & Margolin LLP He was born in Eugene, Oregon and is a fourth generation Oregonian. Sean Stephens attended the University of Oregon, and graduated in with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a minor in English Literature. His psychology studies emphasized early childhood development. You can find more about Sean Stephens at Stephens & Margolin LLP Follow him
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4 Responses to Oregon’s Parenting Policy

  1. Chauni Alexander says:

    If a divorce is uncontested, we agree to all terms, how much will the total cost to file be? Also, if we plan on handling our own child support issues and not getting the courts involved, do we have to pay for child support filings anyway?

    • admin says:

      If you do all of the paperwork yourself, you will only have to pay the county filing fee. The child support would be handled as part of the divorce and a separate case would not be needed.

  2. Jan says:

    Our stipulated plan allows for just 3 – 4 hours of visitation a week with the caveat that the children cannot be forced. Regardless, the custodial parent is supposed to be fostering a positive relationship with me, but is not. It breaks my heart and my kids won’t realize until years from now how they’ve been misled.

    As a Pro se litigant, if I petition for a parenting time modification, how likely is it that the judge will grant more time AND make visitation enforceable?

    There are no risk or safety issues; I agreed to this arrangement solely to stop the court madness.

  3. It’s good for litigants to know this factors – thanks for sharing.

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