Gevurtz Menashe

PDX 503.227.1515
WA 360.823.0410

Child Support & Custody & Parenting Time

Serving Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA

Making Difficult Times & Decisions a Bit Easier

If you’re going through a divorce or custody battle, it can be a tough road. The laws can be many, confusing, and ever-changing. It is common to feel overwhelmed, unsupported, or emotionally charged. Most importantly, you will have to protect your children and put their best interest first. 

That’s why you need the backing of experienced and accomplished child custody and child support attorneys. Gevurtz Menashe has a long history of successfully helping clients navigate the intricacies of child custody, child support, and parenting time. We’re ready to ease your burdens during this challenging stage of your life as well.

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Custody, Child Support & Parenting Time Guidelines

In Oregon and Washington, a judge may take several key factors into account when making a decision on a child custody agreement or parenting time schedule. For example, they may consider things like:

  • Primary Caregiver for the child. 
  • Emotional connection between the child and involved family members
  • Each parent’s interest in and attitude towards the child
  • Any history of abuse or neglect of the child by a parent
  • Fitness of the primary guardian to care for the child
  • Willingness of each parent to facilitate the child’s healthy relationship with the other parent
  • Depending on the age of the child, their own preference for one parent or the other
  • Testimony by expert witnesses or concerned family members

Legal Expertise for Parent & Child Support — Oregon & Washington

Creating the right structure for your household is critical to the well-being of your family as a whole and of each individual member. As you go through this period of change, Gevurtz Menashe can guide you through the process.

In this capacity, we’re able to counsel you on many different facets, including child custody, child support, and parenting time. We have a deep background in this area of family law in both Oregon and Washington. As such, when it’s time to figure out the details, draft agreements, and create the new family dynamic you’re after — we’re your best resource.

Child Custody

In Oregon, child custody is broken down into Legal Custody and Physical Custody. Legal Custody is the legal term used for the formal decision making power over a minor child, while Physical Custody is which home is designated as the primary residence. 

  • Physical Custody. This is the designation of primary residence and goes to the primary caregiver.
  • Legal Custody. The parent with this type of custody has the right to make decisions about the upbringing — medical, educational, religious, and otherwise — of the child. 
  • Sole Custody. Sole custody is when only one parent has been granted legal authority to make decisions for and care for the child.
  • Joint Custody. Under this arrangement, if the parties agree, both parents agree to share the physical and/or legal custodial rights and responsibilities.

Gevurtz Menashe has a well-established record of helping families determine and secure the custody scheme that’s most appropriate for their particular circumstances.

Parenting Time Schedule

Physical custody isn’t usually an all-or-nothing situation. Most parents come up with parenting time plans that share visitation rights and responsibilities — but the allocations can vary widely. For some families a 50/50 split works well whereas for other families a 30/70 split is optimal.

This is why parenting time schedules are based upon the best interest of the child and are determined on a case-by-case basis. Each family’s needs and constraints must be factored in. Ideally, the resulting arrangement suits everyone’s schedule, accommodates distances, and so on.

With our lawyers on the task, you can count on arriving at a parenting time schedule that works for your family and has your child’s welfare at the core.

Child Support

Typically part of the custody settlement, child support is a sum of money paid by one parent to the other parent to help with the expenses related to caring for the child. 

Because child support is such a significant component of the childcare agreement, you need a pro to ensure your and your child’s interests are prioritized and a fair outcome is reached. Your Gevurtz Menashe attorney can help you:

  • Understand how child support is calculated
  • Modify existing arrangements
  • Avoid situations of non-compliance
  • Understand the consequences of non-compliance


The Proof's In The Praise

“After researching and interviewing several divorce attorneys, I came to the conclusion that Shawn (Menashe) would be the best attorney to represent me. From the first meeting, Shawn took the time to answer all of my questions and helped me understand the divorce process. Shawn is well-versed in complicated and high-stress divorces. Throughout my complex divorce, Shawn gave sound advice and led the way with confidence and a wealth of knowledge. I felt well-represented and extremely supported throughout the entire case. I would highly recommend Shawn whether you have a straightforward divorce or one that is complicated and demanding.”

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When Family Matters Matter, Families Choose Gevurtz Menashe

If you’re looking for skilled and effective legal representation, we have some of Washington’s and Oregon's best child support attorneys and child custody attorneys in-house. In cases like yours, having the most-qualified lawyers on your side can make all the difference in your child’s and your lives.

Additionally, because at time like these you’re bound to need other legal services, Gevurtz Menasche is also able to help you with divorce, estate planning, and more. Working with a firm that has multiple specialties can make this transitional and transformational period a little easier.

You can contact us at our Portland (503-227-1515) or Vancouver (360-823-0410). We’ll respond soon to schedule your consultation.