Some Oregon Counties use a standard parenting plan for the non-custodial parent's parenting time when parties are not able to come to some other parenting time agreement through mediation.  Below is an example of Marion County's standard parenting plan, which can be found in Marion County's Supplemental Local Rules at No. 8.075.  (Oftentimes this parenting plan is simply referred to as "8.075", or "minimums")  Some counties however, do not use standard parenting plans, and the Courts try to determine what is in the child's best interests in each unique situation - some of those counties include: Multnomah, Washington, and Clackamas.


Excerpt from Marion County Supplemental Local Rule (SLR) 8.075

3. Parenting Time Provisions:

3.1 Weekends: The child shall be with the non-custodial parent every other weekend, beginning

on Friday night at 7:00 p.m. and ending the following Monday morning.

3.1.1 The non-custodial parent shall feed the child breakfast on Monday morning and deliver

the child no later than 9:00 a.m. to the child’s home or day care. The non-custodial parent

shall feed a school age child breakfast and deliver the child to school in time for the

child’s first class.

3.1.2 Parents may agree to vary this weekend schedule provided the agreement is in writing.

For example, parents may agree to end weekends on Sunday night at 7 p.m. rather than

Monday morning or that the child is to be dropped off Monday morning at the custodial

parent's home rather than at the child's school.

3.1.3 The child shall be with the non-custodial parent until Tuesday morning if that parent’s

weekend falls on a weekend during the school year on which the next Monday is a state

or federally recognized holiday on which there is no school.

3.1.4 The alternate weekend parenting time schedule shall rotate each year as follows:

3.1.4.1 The non-custodial parent’s first weekend in even numbered years shall begin at

7:00 p.m. on the Friday of Labor Day Weekend and end Monday night at 7:30 p.m.

3.1.4.2 The non-custodial parent’s first weekend in odd numbered years shall begin on the
first Friday following the Labor Day Weekend.

3.2 Mid-week Time with the Child

3.2.1 The child shall be with the non-custodial parent every other Wednesday. The time shall

begin at 5:00 p.m. and end at 8:00 p.m. if the child is in school and begin at 10:00 a.m.

and end at 7:30 p.m. if the child is not in school.

3.2.2 The first alternate Wednesday shall follow the non-custodial parent’s first weekend with

the child in September each year.

 

3.3 Winter Vacation

3.3.1 The child shall be with the non-custodial parent in even numbered years beginning at 7:00

p.m. on the day that school adjourns until 10:00 a.m. on December 25. The child shall be

with the custodial parent for the remainder of the child’s winter vacation.

3.3.2 The child shall be with the custodial parent in odd numbered years beginning at 7:00 p.m.

on the day that school adjourns until 10:00 a.m. on December 25. The child shall be with

the non-custodial parent for the remainder of the child’s winter vacation until 7:00 p.m. on

the day before school resumes.

3.3.3 The alternate weekend and alternate Wednesday parenting time schedule shall not operate

during the winter vacation period.

3.3.4 The winter vacation schedule in the public school district in which the child lives shall be

followed if the child is not attending school.

 

3.4 Summer Vacation

3.4.1 The child shall spend alternating two-week blocks of time with each parent during the

school's recess for summer vacation. The summer vacation schedule in the public school

district in which the child lives shall be followed if the child is not attending school.

3.4.1.1 The child shall spend the first two-week block of time in even numbered years with

the non-custodial parent beginning at 7:00 p.m. on the first Friday following the

recess of school for the summer. The child shall spend the next two weeks with the

custodial parent, then two weeks with the non-custodial parent, and so on

throughout the remainder of the summer.

3.4.1.2 The alternating two week schedule shall begin in odd numbered years with the noncustodial

parent beginning at 7:00 p.m. on the third Friday following the recess of

school for the summer. The custodial parent will have the first two weeks.

3.4.2 The summer schedule shall end at 7 p.m. on the Friday of Labor Day Weekend even if

this cuts short a parent's two-week block of time. The provisions of paragraph 3.1.4

dictate which parent will have the child over the Labor Day weekend.

3.4.3 The alternate weekend and alternate Wednesday parenting time schedule shall not operate

during the summer vacation period. However, children 30 months or younger shall spend

four hours on Wednesday of each week with the other parent during the other parent’s two

week block of time.

 

4. Other Holidays, Events and Vacation Days:

The residential schedule for the child for the holidays, events and vacation days listed below is as

follows:

Thanksgiving Vacation: Custodial parent - odd years

Non-custodial parent - even years

The Thanksgiving Holiday begins on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. and

ends on the following Sunday at 7:00 p.m.

Halloween: Custodial parent - even years

Non-custodial parent - odd years

Halloween begins on October 31st at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 9:00 p.m.

Spring Vacation: Custodial parent - even years

Non-custodial parent - odd years

Spring Vacation begins at 10:00 a.m. on the day after school adjourns

and ends on the Monday morning school resumes whether or not the

child is in school.

Mother's Day: Always with mother beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday and ending at

7:00 p.m. the same day.

Father's Day: Always with father beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday and ending at

7:00p.m. the same day.

Fourth of July: With the parent whose summer schedule includes July 4th.

Birthdays:

Child's Birthday: Custodial parent - even years

Non-custodial parent - odd years

Mother's Birthday: Always with mother, at mother's option

Father's Birthday: Always with father, at father's option

Birthday's which fall on a school day begin at 5:00 p.m. and end at

8:00 p.m. The Birthday will begin at 10:00 a.m. and end at 7:00 p.m. if

it falls on a non-school day.

 

6. Rules Relating to The Use of Parenting Time

6.1 Personal Plans. Personal plans of the custodial parent or child, (for example, school or church

activities) do not justify a parent's failure to follow the parenting time schedule.

6.2 Delivery and Pick-up. All parenting time shall take place in a prompt manner. The following

delivery and pick up rule shall apply to parents who live 75 or less miles apart (or within a

distance that allows for exercising alternating weekend parenting time).

6.2.1 The non-custodial parent shall pick up the child to begin the parenting time.

6.2.2 The non-custodial parent shall be responsible for returning the child to end the parenting

time if that return is taking place on a Monday morning as contemplated by this rule. The

custodial parent shall pick up the child to end the parenting time if that time ends in the

evening. This places an additional transportation burden on a parent who wishes to have the

child stay the additional overnight (usually Sunday).

6.2.3 Unless otherwise agreed or ordered by the court, pick up and delivery shall occur no more

than 15 minutes before or 15 minutes after the time set for parenting time to begin and end.

6.2.4 This rule's reference to a "parent" as the individual responsible for pickup and delivery

should not be taken literally. Other individuals known to the child such as grandparents,

step-parents, live in girl\boyfriends, etc. are authorized to transport the child.

6.3 No Shows and Make-Ups. Only medical reasons will be considered sufficient for postponement

of parenting time. A makeup time shall occur on the following weekend if a child is ill and

unable to visit. There will be no makeup parenting time if the non-custodial parent misses a

scheduled time with the child. The illness of one child does not mean that the other children's

time is also canceled.

6.3.1 Some non-custodial parents have a history of not using their scheduled weekends (for

example: one "no show" per month for 3 months). The custodial parent may advise the noncustodial

parent in writing that the next following regularly-scheduled parenting time will

be canceled unless the non-custodial parent gives at least three days advance notice that he

or she will use the scheduled weekend parenting time if this problem exists.

6.3.2 Canceling the next regularly-scheduled parenting time should not be done lightly and

should not be done by the custodial parent unless there is a regular history of missed

parenting time.

6.4 Non-assigned time. Unless otherwise agreed in writing, the custodial parent is responsible for

the child during all times that the child is not scheduled to be with the non-custodial parent. This

does not mean that either parent is restricted from attending public events where the child is in

attendance such as school programs and athletic events.

6.5 Meals & Clothes. The custodial parent shall have the child fed, sufficient clothing packed, and

on time for all exchanges. The non-custodial parent shall return all clothing and feed the child

before returning the child from the parenting time period.

6.6 Conflicting Dates. The holiday schedule takes precedence over the alternating weekend

schedule. The holiday schedule may create times when the child will be with the same parent for

three weekends in a row. This happens when a vacation or holiday defined in this rule replaces

the normal schedule for a given weekend or time period.

6.7 Day Care. The non-custodial parent shall be responsible for arranging day care for the child

during his or her time with the child. No child under the age of 11 shall be left unsupervised.

6.8 Support of Parenting time. The custodial parent shall not discourage the child from spending

time with the non-custodial parent. Contrary to common belief, Oregon does not allow a child to

determine where he is going to live at any age.

6.9 Flexibility. Parents are encouraged to be flexible and to consider their child’s best interests in the

use of this rule. This rule is designed to provide a schedule to parents who have not been able to

agree to a schedule on their own. It does not create an absolute maximum or minimum amount of

time the non-custodial parent can be with the child, nor does it restrict a parent from seeing a

child at school or events. Reasonable adjustments to the schedule should be considered so

important family events and the child’s activities take place with minimal disruption or hard

feelings.

6.9.1 Each parent shall act reasonably in registering the child for activities keeping in mind that

neither parent is entitled to commit the child to an activity which will take place during the

other parent’s time with the child. On the other hand, there are natural activities which occur

(such as school, athletic, music and other programs) that, by their very nature, take place

during the other parent’s scheduled time with the child.

6.9.2 Although neither parent is required to take a child to any activity, each parent is encouraged

to use his or her best effort to keep the child involved in athletic events, school functions,

lessons, birthday parties of friends, etc. even though those activities may fall during a

parenting time period. To do otherwise would deprive the child of valuable growing

opportunities.

6.9.3 Each parent is encouraged to use a child’s activity as an opportunity for that parent to

participate with the child, meet the child’s friends and other families and to have a quality

experience with the child.

6.9.4 A child is not permitted to determine whether he or she visits the noncustodial parent.

However, older teenagers are often involved in their own activities and are unable (or

unwilling) to spend time with their parents on a regular schedule as they did when they were

younger. Both parents must be considerate of older teenagers and recognize that they wish

(and need) to spend more time with their peers rather than their parents. Parents will need to

make adjustments to accommodate these life changes.

6.9.5 Parents should make plans directly with each other rather than through the child. It is unfair

for the child to serve as the message carrier for two parents who find it difficult to

communicate directly with each other. Children who find themselves in this position learn

to manipulate and play one parent off against the other.

6.10 Writing and Telephoning. Each parent shall have the right to correspond with the child

during reasonable hours without monitoring by the other parent or anyone else. This correspondence

may take the form of letters, fax transmissions, E-mail or telephone calls. Unless otherwise agreed,

there shall be no more than three telephone calls per week. Long distance telephone calls made by

the child shall be paid for by the parent receiving the call.

6.11 Changes to the Parenting time Schedule. Enforceable changes in the parenting time schedule

can only be made by court order. Any agreed upon temporary change shall be in a writing which is

signed and dated by both parents to assure that there is no misunderstanding at a later date on the terms

of the change.

 

7. Rules Relating To The Custodial Relationship And Each Parent's Responsibilities

To The Child:

7.1 Addresses and telephone numbers. Each parent shall provide their home (not just mailing)

address and home telephone numbers to the other parent unless otherwise ordered by the court.

The parent with the child shall notify the other parent of the location and telephone number of

where the child will be sleeping if the parent is taking the child out of the town where that

parent resides for more than three consecutive overnights. Each parent shall be reasonable with

this rule. For example, it is possible to give a general location but no telephone number if a

camping trip is contemplated.

7.2 Mutual Respect Towards the Other Parent. Neither parent shall make bad or unflattering

comments about the other parent or in any way try to diminish the love, respect and affection

that the child has for the other parent.

7.3 Access to Records and Events. The non-custodial parent has the right to visit with the child at

school, attend the child’s school activities (such as an open house or sports activities), and have

full access to school teachers and administrators for complete information about the child in

school. This includes parent-teacher conferences. Parents shall be primarily responsible for

keeping themselves advised of the child’s activities and events.

7.4 Daily Care. The parent with whom the child is staying shall be responsible for daily care and

shall make necessary decisions regarding emergency medical or dental care. The non-custodial

parent’s rights to make daily care decisions does not include leaving a child unattended in

violation of Oregon law, haircuts, permanents, or making any substantial change in the child’s

appearance (i.e., tattoos, ear piercing, etc.) unless authorized to do so by the custodial parent.

7.5 Emergencies. The parent with the child shall immediately tell the other parent of any

emergency circumstances or substantial changes in the health or safety of the child.

7.6 Decision Making. The custodial parent is encouraged to consult with noncustodial parent about

major decisions which will affect the child even though the custodial parent has the ultimate

decision-making authority. It is important for parents to communicate with each other prior to

making plans for lessons, athletic activities, camp, extended medical and dental treatment, outof-

town visits to relatives, etc. Each parent is encouraged to work cooperatively with the other

to create the most positive and productive atmosphere possible for the child.

7.7 Smoking or Drinking Alcohol in the Presence of the Child. An issue frequently occurs when

one parent smokes or drinks alcohol in front of the child and the other parent objects. Neither

parent should smoke in the presence of the child (nor smoke in any manner so the child if

breathing the smoke) if the parents cannot agree on this issue. Neither parent should drink

alcohol to the point where they are affected by the alcohol.

7.8 Moving. Neither parent shall move to a residence which is more than 60 miles further distant

from the other parent without giving the other parent reasonable notice of the change of

residence and providing a copy of such notice to the court. ORS 107.159.

7.9 Parenting time is Independent From Support. A parent's right to spend time with a child is

not dependent on that parent's payment of child support. One parent's failure to comply with the

terms of the judgment does not mean that the other parent can now ignore its terms. It is not

permissible to withhold the child from the other parent as a way to encourage the payment of

support.

7.10 Joint Custody. True joint custody means that each parent has equal authority to make major

decisions which effect the child. Joint custody has nothing to do with the amount of time that a

child spends with either parent nor does it affect the level of child support. Under present state

law, the court cannot order joint custody unless both parents agree to it. Questions about joint

custody should be directed to an attorney.

8. Age Suggestions:
This rule recognizes that parenting time guidelines should be based upon the needs of a growing child.
Parents may wish to ask the court to consider these age-related suggestions if they seem appropriate.
These suggestions are not automatically binding unless the court order specifically states they are to
apply rather than the other provisions of this rule.

8.1 The infant, age 0-1. Frequent two to four hour visits, two or three days per week from custodial

parent's home; also one additional afternoon or evening per week.

Single overnight per week parenting time, provided the non-custodial parent has been

actively involved in the caretaking role.

8.2 The toddler, age 1 to 3 ½. Four weekend days per month, plus one-half (½) day per week (4

to 6 hours). Overnight parenting time, provided the non-custodial parent has been actively

involved in the caretaking role and/or is accompanied by an older child. During any parenting

time of 7 days or more, the other parent should have a four hour mid-week visit.

8.3 The pre-schooler, age 3 ½ to 5. Alternate weekends from 7:00 p.m. Friday to 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, plus either one non-overnight weekday per week during the afternoon or evening.

Summer visits should be as set out in the Rule. The other parent should have a four hour midweek

visit during any visits of 7 days or more.

8.4 The early elementary, age 6 to 9. Summer time-shares should be as set out in the Rule. The

parenting time schedule should be flexible enough to insure the children’s participation in

ongoing or special activities.

8.5 The later elementary, age 10 to 12. The minimum is the same as the early elementary.

Flexible parenting time is the best principle, with the children having some input to avoid

scheduling conflicts. At this age, it seems the quality of time is more important than the

quantity but consideration should be given to the child’s organized athletics and outside

activities.

8.6 The adolescent, age 13 or over. The minimum is the same as later elementary. The child

and parent may want to change the schedule if it interferes with the child’s other activities.