In the last month Brasier Law has written three articles about creating your custody arrangements with your Portland family law attorney. We covered considerations for summer and winter breaks and the rest of the school year. Once you have decided to get a divorce and need a custody plan or decide to reevaluate your custody plan it is important to meet with your divorce attorney to look at your specific situation.
“The important thing to know for anyone going through a divorce or custody case involving minor children, is that every case is unique.”
The important thing to know for anyone going through a divorce or custody case involving minor children, is that every case is unique. It is true that the most common school year parenting plan is the kids live with one parent, then spend every other weekend with the non-custodial parent. It is also pretty common summer custody arrangement for each parent to get maybe 2-4 weeks of time, and for the parents to split custody during the major holidays.
“Every concern you have matters, every priority you have matters.”
However, every family has their own needs that have to be taken into consideration. Clients always ask me the question “does it matter that (insert specific question here)”. My answer is always “yes”. Everything matters. Every concern you have matters, every priority you have matters. At the end of the day the judge’s job is to keep the kids safe, and to allow them frequent contact with both parents. Exactly how that looks really depends on all the specific things that are unique to your own family dynamic. Which is why it is important to communicate fully with your custody attorney and choose a family law attorney you can work well with.
Hopefully this series of articles on custody will help you to frame your discussion about parenting time with your divorce attorney. If you understand a little more about what normally happens in custody cases it can be easier to figure out what a good solution may look like and what adjustments may need to be created for your specific custody situation.
If you have questions about child support, we have an article that you may like to read: 7 Things You Need to Know About Child Support.