Written by attorney Diane L Gruber

Oregon Parenting Time Schedule for Non-Custodial Parents

Every County and every judge in Oregon handles visitation for the non-custodial parent a little differently. However, this counsel has found that most judges order the following (with special modifications for parents with unique work schedules and for parents who live a long distance from each other:


(1) The non-custodial parent will have parenting time with the minor child on alternating weekends from 6 p.m. on Friday to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

(2) In the absence of a showing that such would not permit the maintenance of a significant pre-existing parent-child attachment, parenting time with children less than three years of age shall be:

(A) Birth to 18 months: Two times per week for two hours per visit.

(B) 18 to 30 months: Once per week for six hours.

(C) 30 to 36 months: Friday 6 p.m. - Saturday 6 p.m. on alternate weekends.

(3) The non-custodial parent shall also have parenting time for 14 uninterrupted days during the summer with children 6 and over. The non-custodial parent shall notify the custodial parent in writing prior to May 1st of each year which days non custodial has selected for parenting time. The custodial parent shall likewise have the right to a two-week vacation each summer during which non-custodial parent's parenting time need not be honored if the vacation is out of town. The custodial parent shall advise non-custodial of such vacation plans no later than June 1st of each year. Once designated, changes in the summer parenting time schedule shall not be allowed, except by agreement of both parties. Failure of either parent to make a timely designation of summer parenting time will not result in forfeiture of parenting time rights but will result in the custodial parent having the right to designate the summer parenting time, or in the case of custodial parent failing to give notice, the parenting time lost by non-custodial parent shall be subject to make-up parenting time.

(4) The child shall be ready for parenting time and be picked up from the front steps of custodial parent’s residence no more than 15 minutes early nor 15 minutes late. Return of the child to the front steps of custodial parent's residence is also subject to the 15 minute rule. The non-custodial parent shall feed the child the evening meal prior to returning them.

(5) Except as to a child under 3 years of age, whenever the weekend or other parenting time provided herein fall adjacent to a school holiday or legal holiday, including Labor Day, such weekend or other parenting time shall include the adjacent holiday, either Friday or Monday.

(6) If a non-custodial parent fails to exercise the scheduled parenting time for any reason other than a substantial medical problem, there will be no postponement or scheduling of a make-up period of parenting time. If there is a substantial medical problem, the non-custodial parent will be allowed a make-up visit on the succeeding available weekend.

(7) Both parties will provide addresses and contact telephone numbers to the other party and will immediately notify the other party of any emergency circumstances or substantial changes in the health of the children. However, both parties shall refrain from releasing the other party's phone number to third parties.

(8) The non-custodial parent shall also have the unlimited right to correspond with the child and may telephone the child no more than once per week for 15 minutes or less during reasonable hours without interference or monitoring by custodial parent or anyone else in any way. Each parent shall allow the child to telephone the other parent at reasonable hours and within reasonable frequency if the child wishes.

(9) Both parties are restrained and enjoined from making derogatory comments about the other party or in any other way diminishing the love, respect and affection that the child has for either party.

(10) In addition to the parenting time specified in the preceding paragraphs, the non-custodial parent shall have parenting time as follows:

(A) Christmas (or significant holidays in other religions):

(i) For children 30 months to 6 years of age: In even-numbered years, on Christmas Eve from noon until 10 a.m. on Christmas Day; In odd-numbered years, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Christmas Day;

(ii) For children six years of age and over: In even-numbered years the time from commencement of the school holiday through 10 a.m. Christmas Day; In odd-numbered years from 10 a.m. on Christmas Day until January 1 at noon.

(B)Thanksgiving Holiday: Begins at 6 p.m. on Wednesday and ends at 6 p.m. the following Sunday, in even-numbered years.

(C) Father's Day & Mother's Day: Father's/Mother's Day each year from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

(D) Spring Break: Begins at 10 a.m. day after school adjourns & ends at 6 p.m. the Sunday before school resumes, whether or not the child is actually in school, in odd numbered years.

(E) Mid-week evening visit: Every other Wednesday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

(12) Parenting time, however, between a teenager and a party shall take into consideration the child’s employment and age-appropriate activities.

(13) Neither parent shall move to a residence which is more than sixty miles further distant from the other parent without giving the other parent reasonable notice, but in any event not less than sixty days’ notice, of the change in residence, and without providing a copy of such notice to the court.

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