How are custody or divorce cases resolved when there’s a pending dependency case in Juvenile Court?

By Laura Schantz
October 17, 2016

In Oregon, we have mandatory consolidation with a juvenile case and a divorce case. It would be heard in the Juvenile Court with the juvenile judge. What typically happens is, both of the cases will run simultaneously, but depending on what’s happening in the juvenile case, you may want to slow the divorce case down to work through different things. For instance, if someone has a drug addiction and they’re going to treatment, you might just slow everything down to get that accomplished and sort of get them back on track in their life. If there are other investigations going on, you may slow the divorce case down to see if you can work on getting your client back up to speed and back into the situation that they need to be in to again try to get custody or parenting time with their child. Then, the divorce case would be heard probably towards the end of the juvenile case and they would schedule a trial in Juvenile Court for the divorce trial. The parents would then have that divorce trial if they’re not able to resolve it in another way.

Laura Schantz, a Beaverton divorce and family lawyer and mediator has helped clients find creative solutions to complex financial matters involving asset division, spousal support, and child support. To learn more about Laura Schantz and her firm, visit

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October 17, 2016
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