Custody Rights in Oregon
July 25, 2007 5:26 PM Subscribe
How easy is it to obtain temporary full custody in Oregon?
posted by haplesschild to law & government (5 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm asking for a friend, but I will try to give as much information as I can.
My friend's husband has a 6 year old from a previous marriage.
While we all had a suspicion that the environment at the ex-wife's house was less than ideal, this past weekend his ex wife hit bottom and we were told that she is checking her self into rehab for drug and alcohol treatment.
I'm not really sure how bad the situation was, or how much he was aware of before this week, but I know that she has been described as a chronic alcoholic, and all of the drama this week has included her admitting that she is broke due to spending her income on booze, and that she has threatened suicide. His focus is on making sure his daughter is safe while her mother gets the help she needs, but he is afraid of her showing up at the daycare and taking the girl, or any other circumstance before the ex-wife has gotten the help she needs to again be a parent.
Currently they have equal custody rights, with alternating weekends days and weekends.
He would like to have temporary full custody of his child- for at the very least a month.
Their main questions are:
Does he need a lawyer or is this something he can do on his own- and if he can do this on his own, where does he start?
Is this even a thing that can be done?
Are there any resources he can seek out in Oregon that deal with these circumstances? He lives in Clackamas County if that is relevant.
Thanks everyone- this is a sticky situation for all involved.