Parenting Time Modifications, Visitation, Family Law Lawyers, Eugene, Oregon - Arnold Law Office, LLC, Attorneys at Law

Visitation and Parenting Time Modifications in Eugene, Oregon

Parenting time schedules or plans are easier to modify than custody. In modifying child custody in Oregon, the court first expects the moving party to prove a substantial change in circumstances before the judge considers the best interest of the child. Whereas in a visitation modification case in Oregon, only the best interest of the child is considered by the judge. In fact parenting time schedules and plans need modification quite frequently as the child gets older or as the situations in the life of parents change.

Modifying Child Support at the Same Time

Parents should always bear in mind that if the schedule of the visits with their children are increased or decreased it is likely to affect the child support .

Moving out of County: Medium-Distance & Long Distance Parenting Plans

Generally parenting plans need modification as life goes on. If your job or new spouse’s job takes you out of Lane County, your parenting plan will need to be modified. Several options can be worked out to deal with these changes. In one way, if you are still in the state of Oregon, then you and the other parent can meet halfway to exchange the child. Or another way can be that the parent who moves away does all the driving. Or each parent agrees to pick up the child from another.


If a parent is moving out of state, having a longer block in the summer is important. Also, you can have parenting time any time you are back in the state of Oregon. In such a situation giving the other parent fourteen days written notice becomes mandatory.

Take a look at some sample parenting plans online before consulting with an experienced Oregon parenting time lawyer. Some good examples of parenting plans in Oregon can be found here:

Click here to learn practical suggestions in Maintaining a Relationship with a Child After a Parent Moves.

Settlement vs. Trial

The attorneys at Arnold Law are dedicated to settle every parenting case amicably so that each parent and the child are able to live a happy life. Since our lawyers are frequently trying cases to the court, we know what can be the possible outcomes of your case if it goes to trial.

Without the practical experience of trying cases in the courtroom, it is quite impossible for an attorney to guide you appropriately regarding settlement possibilities in terms of what can happen in the courtroom. Before you finalize a lawyer to avail his services, ask them about the number of family cases they try each month or year in the court.

Arnold Law Office’s founding partner, Jacy Arnold, was rated one of the best Oregon family law lawyers under the age of 40. [Click here to meet our legal team.] She leads the firm’s Family Law Practice Team.

If you or someone you know in Eugene or throughout the Willamette Valley needs the assistance of an experienced divorce 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.