What Does The Court Look At When Determining Custody In Oregon? Part 1 of 2

In Oregon, a Court cannot order joint custody unless both parties agree to it, so if the parties cannot agree, how does a Court determine who should have sole custody? According to law, it is the policy of the State of Oregon to assure minor children have frequent and continuing contact with parents who have […]

When should I consider parenting time modifications?

Any parent should consider parenting time modifications when the current parenting plan is not working well. Here are some examples of when parenting time modifications should be considered: Your work schedule changes so that you cannot have the kids according to the court-ordered parenting time schedule The parenting time schedule was made for kids who […]

Types Of Child Custody in Oregon

In Oregon, there are several types of child custody: sole legal custody, joint legal custody, split legal custody, and physical custody. Before we get into a discussion of the differences between the types of child custody, it is important to know what child custody really means. Legal custody is the set of rights and responsibilities […]

What to Wear (AND NOT WEAR) to Court

Remember that this is usually your first and only time to impress the judge or jury.  You want to dress appropriately! It is important to look neat, clean, and professional. I often tell clients to dress as though they were going to a job interview.  It’s not required that you go out and buy a […]

Can I handle a divorce on my own or should I hire a Divorce Attorney?

There are only a few circumstances where it could make sense to do your own divorce without a divorce attorney.   If your marriage was short term, you have no substantial assets (including real property or retirement accounts), you have no minor children, and you get along well enough with your soon-to-be-ex spouse to reach a […]

Explaining Child Custody and Visitation

In Oregon, child custody and visitation are related but different concepts. A parent can have full custodial rights, but limited visitation. Or, a parent can have a massive amount of visitation but limited custody rights. What’s the difference? What is Child Custody? Custody is defined as the authority to make the “big picture” decisions about […]

Child Support Satisfaction v. Non-Enforcement

If you are obligated to pay child support and have reached an agreement with the parent receiving support to stop enforcement of the monthly payments, it is important that you obtain legal assistance to make sure the proper paperwork is filed.  I was prompted to write this post after witnessing the aftermath of several clients’ […]