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Beaverton Child Custody Lawyers

Divorces are difficult enough for children to handle without parents fighting over the issues of child custody. As family law attorneys, we work with spouses to help recognize this fact and protect their child or children from the worst aspects of separation and divorce. Our primary goal at Helzer & Cromar is to protect your children by putting their best interest at the forefront of decision-making to positively impact their life and their future.

Concerned about child custody? Find the life-saving legal solutions you need by calling our law offices directly at (503) 626-2889 or by contacting us online today.

The Best Interests of the Child

At Helzer & Cromar , our lawyers resolve child custody concerns for people in Multnomah, Clackamas, Columbia, and Washington counties, and throughout the Portland metropolitan area. Our practice includes:

Contested and Uncontested Child Custody

In uncontested child custody cases, any arrangements that the parents have agreed to is subject to court review. Courts can modify proposed custody agreements as they see fit and generally prefer arrangements where the children have one primary residence. Even with a primary residence, courts work to create a dynamic where children are still able to have meaningful and healthy relationships with each parent, regardless of which one they live with most of the time.

If the parents cannot agree on custody issues, or if there are issues of abuse, abandonment, drug use, or alcoholism involved, litigation may be unavoidable. In these cases, Oregon courts look at a number of different factors before deciding the outcome.

Whatever the case may be, our child custody attorneys will provide you with the personal attention you deserve, and with the experienced, strong representation necessary to achieve your goals.

Joint Custody

Joint custody in Oregon means that the parents share all of the decision-making responsibilities for a child. This may include things such as education choices and religious paths. Joint custody does not mean that a child lives with each parent equally. In fact, parents may have joint custody even when a child lives exclusively with one parent.

It is important to note that a judge cannot award joint custody in Oregon unless both parents agree to it.

Sole Custody

If either parent refuses joint custody, a judge will then decide which parent will have sole custody. Sole custody means that the custodial parent will have the primary responsibility of all major decision-making regarding the child; again, such as education and religion.


Whether parents agree on the allocated custody or not, the following points are the most important factors when it comes to a judge’s decision:

  • The wishes of the child or children
  • The relationship the child has with each parent and other influential people in their life
  • The adjustments that the child would need to make in a new school, new home, and new environment or community
  • The health – both mental and physical – of all the children and parents involved

The wishes of each parent will certainly play a factor in the judge’s decisions, however it will not trump what is best for the children involved.


Talk to Our Lawyers. Call (503) 626-2889 Today.

Our firm offers reasonably priced consultations that give you the kind of actual child custody information and preliminary advice you need most — not just a sales pitch.

You can schedule an in-depth consultation today by calling our law offices or by contacting us online .