Oregon Child Support Program

Parenting Time

Research shows that children do best when both parents are involved in a stable and meaningful way. This requires families to establish clear communication, cooperation and coordination. To be able to spend structured time with your child you need a parenting plan. This plan sets out which days and nights you get to have your child and when the other parent will have the child. This way there are guidelines so that each parent knows what is expected.

The following video helps explain about parenting plans and where to go for more information. Please also see the Parenting Time Calculator, a tool to help create a parenting plan and used to determine the amount of a parent's child support obligation.

NEED PARENTING PLAN HELP? - There is a new resource for parents who need help making a written parenting plan! If you need more info before starting a parenting plan, read How Do I Get Started. You can use the Interactive Parenting Plan (IPP) option found on the Oregon Judicial Department website in online forms. The IPP includes information about plans for different age groups, sample plans, and also legal and domestic resources. It will guide you through questions about you and your family to make and allow you to print your own plan. For a limited time, the Oregon Child Support Program is providing a part-time Helpdesk analyst for parents needing assistance using the IPP through the federal Parenting Time Opportunities for Children grant. If you need help accessing or completing the IPP, you can contact the Oregon Child Support Program Parenting Plan Helpdesk at 503-949-2776 or by email at parentingplanhelp@doj.state.or.us. Helpdesk hours are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Tuesday and Thursday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If you need help outside of these hours, leave a message with your availability, and the analyst will try to reach you during a mutually agreed upon time.

Pilot Program To Help Parents - We have launched a pilot program in Multnomah county to serve low-income parents who wish to increase meaningful contact with their children but do not have formal parenting plans. This program helps non-custodial parents navigate the family legal system. For more information please contact:

Multnomah County Family Court Services

1021 SW 4th Ave, Suite 350
Portland, OR 97204

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