Child Custody Attorney Klamath Falls

Parents in a custody proceeding may be awarded joint custody or one parent may be awarded sole custody.

Joint custody: the parents share decision-making responsibilities for a child. Joint custody does not mean that a child lives with each parent half the time. A judge cannot award joint custody in Oregon unless both parents agree to it.

Sole custody: When one party objects to joint custody a judge must decide which parent will have sole custody. Sole custody in Oregon means that the custodial parent makes all major decisions regarding the child.

Awarding Custody of your Child

A judge’s primary consideration in awarding custody is the best interests of the child. Attorney Chase can help bestow the benefits on behalf of where you stand in your child’s best interest.

In determining the best interests of a child, the court will consider these factors:

The emotional ties between the child and other family members;
The interest of the parents in and attitude toward the child;
The desirability of continuing an existing relationship;
The abuse of one parent by the other;
The preference for the primary caregiver of the child, if the caregiver is deemed fit by the court;
The willingness and ability of each parent to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing relationship between the other parent and the child.

Child Custody Modifications

A custody order may be changed later if both parents agree or if one parent can show that there has been a substantial change of circumstances since the last custody order and a change is in the best interests of the child. Call Klamath Falls custody attorney Cole Chase to see if you are eligible to modify your custody.