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How to Modify a Custody Order

Custody orders aren’t necessarily set in stone. Oregon law recognizes that there may be situations in which modifying a child custody order may be in the best interests of the child. However, it’s important to understand that once an order is in effect, neither parent can simply make changes on their own accord — they must either agree to the… Read More
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Categories: Child Custody
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Managing Stress and Anxiety During a Divorce

Coping with divorce stress can be a challenge — but it’s important to find ways to manage your emotions while going through the legal process of ending your marriage. There will be many emotional challenges from the time you begin the divorce process until you receive your final judgment. By finding healthy ways to deal with divorce anxiety, yo… Read More
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Categories: Divorce, Uncategorized
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Avoiding Conflict in Child Custody Matters

Child custody can be one of the most contentious issues in a divorce. Parents might face disputes regarding parenting styles, living arrangements, parenting time, and many other issues. While these situations can be emotionally difficult for both parents and children, there are a few things you can do to avoid conflict in custody matters. Here are… Read More
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Categories: Child Custody
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What Happens to Your Property if You Don’t Have a Will?

Having a last will and testament in place ensures your property will be distributed in accordance with your wishes when you pass away. However, you might be wondering what happens to property when there is no will. In cases where a person did not leave behind a will or any estate planning documents, state law will dictate the outcome. How Does Prop… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning
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What is Trust Administration?

A trust is a crucial estate planning tool that can help ensure your assets are protected and passed to a beneficiary of your choice. While creating a trust can help to avoid probate and ensure your property is distributed in accordance with your wishes, it’s important to understand that there are a number of steps that are associated with managin… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning
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Pros and Cons of Divorce Mediation

If you’re considering divorce, mediation can make the legal process much more efficient and cost-effective. But while this form of alternative dispute resolution works in most cases, it may not be a viable option for certain situations — such as those involving domestic violence or hidden assets. It’s essential to carefully consider the pros… Read More
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Categories: Divorce, Mediation
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What is the Difference Between Adoption, Guardianship, and Custody?

Adoption, guardianship, and custody are three concepts in family law that are often confused. However, they are three separate legal processes in Oregon that have very different legal effects on a parent-child relationship. Adoption: allows a non-biological parent to become a child’s legal parent with all of the rights and obligations that are av… Read More
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Responsibilities of a Legal Guardian

A guardian may be appointed by a court for a child in cases where the child’s parents are unable to meet their best interests or are unwilling to care for them. Unlike with adoption, when a guardianship is established, the legal parent’s rights typically are not terminated by the court. Nevertheless, it’s essential to understand that a guardi… Read More
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Categories: Guardianship
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What is Parenting Coordination?

Child custody can often be a difficult matter for parents to resolve, even when the parties are amicable. Parenting coordination is a type of alternative dispute resolution that can assist parents with developing an effective parenting plan that will meet their family’s needs — and the best interests of their children. Importantly, by working w… Read More
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Categories: Child Custody, Divorce
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Estate Planning After a Divorce

A divorce changes many aspects of your life — including those involving your finances and estate planning matters. While it might be the last thing on your mind as you move forward into the new chapter in your life, it’s vital to assess matters concerning estate planning after a divorce. Whether you have an estate plan in place or not, it’s c… Read More
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Categories: Divorce, Estate Planning