Eugene Oregon Child Custody Lawyer, Parenting Time, Visitation, Family Law Attorneys - Eugene, Oregon - Arnold Law Office, LLC, Attorneys at Law

Eugene, Oregon Child Custody Attorneys

Child Custody and Divorce

Our attorneys are trial lawyers first; we know what is likely to happen in Oregon county courts. This helps you settle your case effectively. Arnold Law handles all forms of custody cases, including traditional cases involving both parents as well as cases involving grandparents’ rights.

A child custody case is all about what is in the best interests of the child or children. There is no Oregon statutory preference between mother and father. Facts are what matter.  Investigations govern facts. Trial advocacy proves facts. We are trial lawyers who strive to achieve fair a settlement for our client by working hard and honestly assessing the case for our clients.  We want to avoid surprises in the facts and surprises in the outcome.

[We fight hard for our clients' children.]

[We fight hard for our clients’ children.]

Child Custody Modifications

In order to change custody in Oregon, a parent must prove a substantial change in circumstances based an any numerous facts. However, this is a high burden in order to protect the stability of the child. A parent may disrupt visitation for the other parent or attempt to alienate you from your child. Sometimes the other parent does something to make you worry about the child’s safety or well-being. This is a very heavy burden for the parent trying to change custody. Our attorneys are experienced in defending and proving child custody modification cases.

Our Firm’s Approach

Our goal for every client is to make them a former client as quickly and inexpensively as possible. In other words, we want you to resolve your case to your satisfaction with as little expense as possible. The way we do that is by preparing your case from the first day as if we were heading to trial. That gives you the upper hand in negotiating a settlement to bring your case to an end quickly. By preparing your child custody case in this manner, you not only know your case strengths but you know its weaknesses as well, and thus the risks of trial. It is our experience that when you know more about your case than your opponents do, our clients often get the better end of the bargain. And if your custody case does not settle, we are well ahead of the game for trial.

If you or someone you know in Eugene or throughout the Willamette Valley needs the assistance of an experienced child custody lawyer, contact the attorneys at Arnold Law Office today at 541-338-9111. Our attorneys have a wealth of information at their fingertips, including that of managing partner Jacy Arnold, who was recently rated one of the best Oregon’s best lawyers under the age of 40.

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  • Representative Cases


    Custody - Alienation by Mother

    Mother filed false stalking order against father. We won custody for father by showing that mother was making false accusations to gain advantage in the custody case.

    Hidden Asset Divorce - Tracking down values of foreign corporations

    Jacy Arnold represented wife. Discovery from husband appeared to be missing many documents and assets. Motions to compel were granted and Jacy was able to track down foreign corporations hidden by husband, stretching from the Netherlands to southeast Asia. Result: Substantial financial settlement was obtained for client.

    Father’s Rights—Parental Alienation with a Bumpy Past

    Obtained custody for Father after Mother filed a frivolous restraining order against Father and absconded with the children from Oregon to prevent Father from having contact with the children. Of special importance in this case was Mother and Father’s history of domestic violence and drug abuse. Father had completed his probation and treatment, and had achieved many months of sobriety. We were able to show the court through multiple hearings that he had been rehabilitated, had prepared to be the primary parent and was acting in the children’s best interests by seeking custody. We were able to get the restraining order dismissed, safely retrieve the children and return them to Oregon, and obtained orders to both safeguard Father’s relationship with the children and protect the family from future drug use and domestic violence.

    Father’s Rights—Abusive Wife Flees with baby

    Obtained custody for Husband and a safety focused parenting plan restricting Wife’s access after Wife disappeared from the marital home with the parties’ one-year old child. Wife had a history of drug and alcohol use, and had previously physically abused both Husband and the child. Ms. Gardner helped Father obtain emergency custody of the child under the Immediate Danger statute, located the child, and coordinated with law enforcement agencies and the Department of Human Services to safely bring the child home.

    Father flees with children to Oregon—conflicting jurisdiction

    In a contentious California divorce, Husband took the children for a short visit and then fled in secret with the children to Oregon, where he filed for divorce and custody of the children despite a pending divorce case in California and previous orders from the California court granting mother physical possession of the children while the case was pending due to past abuse by Husband against Wife. We helped the frantic Wife safely retrieve the children, and convinced the Oregon court after multiple days in trial to stay the custody proceeding in Oregon pursuant to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Enforcement Act (UCCJEA), allowing the California case to proceed. Wife returned to California safely with the children.

    Special Needs Parenting Time

    The years of physical and verbal abuse against Mother by Father adversely impacted the parties’ high functioning special needs child, who as a teenager began to exhibit alarming violent and sexualized behaviors at school as well as regression in communication and hygiene when Father sought to enforce his parenting time after an absence of several years. At trial, Father disputed the child’s diagnosis and blamed Mother for the child’s sexualized behavior. With the support and information provided by the child’s school teachers, therapists, community support group and friends called by Arnold Law to testify at trial, the Court crafted a child-centric parenting plan for the benefit of this troubled teen and ended Father’s cyclical aggressive contact with the child.