Portland Child Custody Attorney
Protecting Your Custody Rights In Portland to the Fullest Extent
As a parent or grandparent, or even as another family member or person interested in a child’s well-being, you may have the right to a meaningful relationship with that child.
This may include physical custody as well as making decisions regarding the child’s care. Child custody matters are highly complex and often emotionally charged as well, making it important to involve a competent Portland child custody attorney who can protect your rights.
The Portland child custody lawyer at Levine Law Center represents clients across the greater Portland area in custody proceedings related to:
If you are going through a divorce or are dealing with any other issue involving custody or visitation, our Portland child custody attorneys may be able to help. Take a look at our client testimonials and see why we are the most trusted team of child custody lawyers in all of Portland, OR.
Types of Child Custody Matters Our Portland Child Custody Lawyers Handle
Child custody and parenting time (visitation) must be addressed if parents are divorcing or separating. It may also come up in paternity cases, or if a child’s parents are incapacitated or lose their lives. Our Portland custody lawyers stand ready to help in any such situation.
Our Portland child custody lawyers handle all types of child custody matters, including:
- Fathers' Rights & Mothers' Rights – Protecting fathers’ rights and mothers’ rights in paternity proceedings, divorce, and all other matters related to child custody and parenting time. While the courts typically try to grant fathers and mothers similar rights regarding custody, extenuating circumstances or instances of abuse may create the need for a sole custody arrangement. Such decisions will be made in the child’s best interests.
- Grandparent Custody & Visitation – In some cases, such as the incarceration or incompetence of a child’s parents, grandparents may have the right to custody of their grandchild. Our child custody attorney in Portland can address grandparents’ custody rights when these apply.
- Third-Party Custody – While less common than parental rights or grandparents’ rights, third-party custodial rights may apply in cases where there is an existing relationship that fulfills traditional parental duties or involves long-term visitation or involvement in a child’s life. While Oregon law typically favors parents in child custody proceedings, non-parents may seek custody or visitation rights if there is evidence of a sufficient relationship and need, and if it is in the child’s best interests.
How To File for Custody in Oregon
In order to file for child custody in Oregon, you will need to file a petition with the court. The first step is deciding whether you will file alone or with your child's other parent. If you and the other parent agree on both physical and legal custody, your case may proceed relatively quickly, as you may not need to attend a hearing.
If you cannot come to an agreement with the other parent—and even if you can—an experienced child custody lawyer in Portland from Levine Law Center can help make sure your custody arrangement is in your child's best interests as well as represent you in court, if necessary.
How a Portland Child Support Lawyer Can Help You
Hiring an attorney when it comes to child custody is critical for providing you with the support that you need during this difficult time.
A child custody attorney can help by:
- Providing you with the support and reassurance that you need during this difficult time.
- Helping you to avoid mistakes that can cost you financially (court fines).
- Helping you to negotiate on matters of child support.
- Advising you on important legal matters regarding your case.
- Helping to prioritize your child's or children's interests.
- Effectively representing you in court.
If you are looking for a highly-reputable child custody attorney in Portland, Oregon, or the surrounding area who you can trust, you can count on Levine Law Center. Our attorneys will go above and beyond to ensure that you get the rights that you are entitled to when it comes to your child's custody.
Oregon Child Custody FAQ
Q: What Kinds of Custody Are There in Oregon?
A: Oregon has two types of custody:
- Joint Custody in Oregon: Joint custody means that both parents share in the decision-making for their child. In joint custody cases, it isn't necessary for the child to spend 50% of their time with each parent–the percentage depends on what the parents or the court decide.
- Sole Legal Custody in Oregon: In sole custody cases, only one parent has physical custody and decision-making authority for the child.