Your wife doesn't have the power to unilaterally deny you contact with your daughter, unless you let her have it. When parents divorce or otherwise can't agree on a child's custody, Oregon law favors granting both parents regular frequent contact with the child, to ensure that both relationships remain strong. Neither the mother nor the father is favored in custody decisions because of their gender. (There is a presumption in favor of the "primary custodial parent," which is usually, but not always, the mother, in our society, due to the basic facts of biology or the nature of our social institutions; pick according to your prejudices.) More importantly, courts strongly disapprove of parents trying to keep their children away from the other parent, or using a child to threaten their co-parents. You may be able to get custody of your daughter; you can certainly ensure that you'll remain in her life. If you want a divorce, which it sounds like you do, you should consult in private with a family law attorney. You can read more about these laws here:
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You need to invest in a consultation with a divorce attorney to determine your chance to get custody. But, if you don't get custody, you WILL get significant parenting time if you live in Washington County. Stop being afraid of her and find out just where you really stand. Good luck.
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Puzzled somewhat here. You make a compelling case to have custody of your daughter but don't to get her out there. You'll get time with your her.YYour wife won't be able to stop it.
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There is a lot an attorney can get done for your right away, but you have to make the decision to pick up the phone. You sound very involved in your daughter's life and for that reason you would be a good candidate for a custodial parent. Contrary to popular belief, being the custodial parent does not effectively "take the child away" from the other parent. Both parents are entitled to reasonable parenting time. Contact me for a consultation and I can tell you want a reasonable arrangement would be in your circumstance.