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Divorce with a Reluctant Spouse

Oregon is a no-fault divorce state. This means that a spouse does not have to prove marital misconduct to obtain a divorce. Instead, they only need to allege “irreconcilable differences.” In addition, Oregon law doesn’t require that both spouses agree to end their marriage — one party can file for divorce regardless of whether the other is… Read More
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Categories: Divorce
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Parenting a Foster Child Who Has Experienced Trauma

Parenting or adopting a foster child is rewarding, but it can also be challenging. It’s essential to be aware that many children who have been placed in the foster care system have experienced some form of trauma. In fact, most children in foster homes have been through more than one traumatic event — and some have been through repeated trauma… Read More
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Categories: Adoption
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How Do I Know If I Need an Adoption Attorney?

If you’re thinking about adoption, it’s important to be aware that there are many laws and regulations throughout the process. Not only is there a considerable amount of paperwork that must be completed, but there are a variety of complex legal matters you might encounter. While the procedures associated with adoption can often be overwhelming,… Read More
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Categories: Adoption
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How the Pandemic Affected Marriages

COVID-19 took a substantial toll on many aspects of our lives. Critically, many marriages were affected, and divorce during Covid seemed like a very real possibility for many couples, while others were strengthened. The shutdowns, stay-at-home orders, and restrictions forced couples to face marital issues that previously went ignored or unnoticed.… Read More
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Categories: Divorce
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Paid Family Leave is Coming to Oregon in 2023

Paid family leave is critical for new parents, whether their family has grown due to the birth of a child, by adoption, or through foster care. Unfortunately, many employers do not pay their employees for the time they take off to bond with a new child, and they are not required to do so. Although there is currently no mandate in Oregon that family… Read More
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Divorce and Debt: How is Debt Split?

Not only is property divided during divorce, but debt is also typically split between the spouses when a marriage legally ends. Divorce and property division are frequently considered together, but often, couples do not consider what happens with divorce and debt. No matter which spouse’s name is on a credit card, a loan, or a mortgage, both shar… Read More
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Categories: Divorce
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Second Parent Adoption for Same-Sex Couples

For many same-sex couples, there is one legal parent despite both individuals taking an equal part in raising the child. Often, the reason for this is because only the biological parent has legal status or is on the birth certificate — unless the other parent adopts the child. For same-sex couples who wish to ensure that each parent has equal leg… Read More
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Categories: Adoption

Child Support in Oregon Divorce Cases

If you and your spouse are parting ways and share children, child support payments must be determined before the court will issue your divorce judgment. Importantly, each parent has an obligation to support their children financially — regardless of which parent the children live with. While child support may be the most significant expense encou… Read More
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Categories: Child Support
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Co-Parenting Classes to Take Before, During, and After a Divorce

Co-parenting can be one of the most challenging aspects of your life following a divorce. It requires good communication, flexibility, and the coordination of several schedules. While co-parenting can be stressful when you are also trying to overcome the pain of your marriage ending, it doesn’t have to be overwhelming. In fact, there are a number… Read More
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Categories: Child Custody, Divorce
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What is the Difference Between a Will and a Trust?

If you’ve been considering planning your estate, you may be wondering whether a will or trust is right for your specific situation. Wills and trusts are two types of estate planning tools that can be used individually or together, as part of a comprehensive estate plan. What is the difference between a will and a trust, though? While the obje… Read More
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Categories: Estate Planning
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