That referral can have a big impact on the custody determination because Family Services will do an investigation. They will want to talk to all the parties and the children. Perhaps the mom and her new boyfriend got into a big argument and there’s some physical nature to it and the children witnessed it. Now, Family Services may come in and say that the boyfriend can’t be around the kids. A different situation is where a child has made some allegation that the parent has abused them in some way. Family Services has to investigate that and may say that things have to be supervised for a while, or they can really get involved and make recommendations that can have serious ramifications for custody.
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 www.oregondivorceattorney.com.