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Independent Adoption in Oregon

For Oregonions interested in adoption, there are a variety of different options to consider. The process can be done through a private agency or the Oregon Department of Human Services. Adoption can also be done independently, without involving an adoption agency or the DHS. With an independent adoption, the birth parent(s) and adoptive parent(s) f… Read More
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Categories: Adoption
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Co-Parenting in a World of Technology

Co-parenting through a divorce can be challenging during the best of times. The stress and uncertainty we are all dealing with as the global health crisis continues only highlights our need for some control and stability in our lives. Even with COVID-19 limiting many activities, kids today are still busy and often over-scheduled. Thankfully, there… Read More
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Categories: Child Custody, Divorce
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Divorce Day: Transitioning to a New Life Phase

The first Monday after New Year’s Day has earned the name “Divorce Day” because it is when many spouses start looking for divorce attorneys. Divorce attorneys in the U.S. and abroad, as well as Google search, see a significant surge of divorce inquiries on the first working Monday in January. Some spouses are seeking a fresh start in the new… Read More
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Categories: Divorce
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Requirements for Creating a Will in Oregon

A will is a written set of instructions that explains how you want your property distributed after your death. Creating a will allows you to decide who will manage your money and other property after you die and how it will be distributed. It also communicates your wishes about the care of your children, if they are minors or are disabled. Another… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning
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Adoption in Oregon: How Much Does It Cost to Adopt a Child?

There are many factors that will go into a family’s decision to adopt a child. One important consideration will be a financial one: how much will it cost to adopt? There are several different methods of adoption available in Oregon, each of which involves different costs and expenses. Whether you choose an agency adoption, an independent adoption… Read More
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Categories: Adoption
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Down Syndrome Awareness Month: Everything You Need to Know About Guardianship for Special Needs Adults

October is Down Syndrome Awareness Month. For parents and caregivers who are raising a child with Down syndrome or other special needs, it is important to start thinking about what happens when your child becomes an adult. Fortunately, many adults with Down syndrome are able to live full, meaningful lives and, with some support, they are quite capa… Read More
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Categories: Guardianship
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What are Grandparents’ Rights

If you are concerned about the well-being of a grandchild, there are options you may be able to pursue as a grandparent. While Oregon does not have a law that is specific to grandparents rights, there are laws that allow third parties (including grandparents, foster parents, stepparents, or other relatives) to ask the court for visitation or custod… Read More
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5 Things to Know About Oregon Child Support

At Litowich Law, we know many Oregon parents rely on child support to help their families survive and thrive. Receiving regular payments from your child’s other parent to help pay for food, housing, clothing, medical care, day care, and other costs, can make a profound difference in your family’s safety, security, peace of mind, and happiness.… Read More
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Categories: Child Support
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Adoption During a Pandemic: How is Covid-19 Impacting Adoptions

I’ve had many questions recently about how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting adoptions in Oregon. For the most part, and largely dependent on what county you reside in, adoptions are proceeding as usual. If you are thinking about starting an adoption and have paused because of the pandemic, I recommend you speak with an attorney about your speci… Read More
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Categories: Adoption
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How Does DHS Adoption in Oregon Work

There are many benefits to becoming an adoptive parent. From providing a loving, stable home to children who need them to allowing couples and single adults to share their life with a child and enjoy the unique experience of parenthood. Adopting a child will be a rewarding and life-changing event for all involved. If you have made the decision to a… Read More
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Categories: Adoption
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Salem family law attorney Sarah M. Litowich is an Oregonian through and through, with roots in rural eastern Oregon and the Willamette Valley. She is grateful for these deep Oregon roots because she learned the value of hard work and building and mai… Read More

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