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What Can I do After the Final Judgment?

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Circumstances change. People move, lose jobs, change living situations, and more. Divorce settlements are based on your circumstances at that particular moment. But what happens when things shift? Can you go back and modify the agreement after the final judgment comes down? When circumstances change it often creates challenges for …

Enforcing a Parenting Plan

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What Should I Do If My Ex Violates A Parenting Plan? UPDATED: It’s often difficult to remain part of your child’s life after a divorce or breakup. One thing that helps ensure you’re able to do this is the parenting plan. This document lays out all the specifics of custody, …

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Step-Parents’ Rights in Oregon

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As common as divorce and remarriage are, the topic of step-parents comes up often in cases that involve children. More specifically, questions about step-parents’ rights and responsibilities frequently come up. Divorce is never easy. Add children to the mix and it makes things even more complicated. You have custody, parenting …

Oregon Custody: Parenting Evaluations

Oregon Custody: Parenting Evaluations

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Child custody cases pose many issues during and after divorce. Problems arise that make it difficult for couples to reach a suitable custody agreement. Ideally, both parties will work together to create a parenting plan and residential schedule acceptable for both. But that doesn’t always happen. In reality, parents often …

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No Substitute for Dad

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UPDATED: The importance of fathers is frequently overlooked and undervalued. They’re often shown in movies, TV, and commercials as goofy buffoons who only take care of the kids when mom has other obligations. And they usually do it poorly. This portrays many fathers as part-time parents. Or reinforces the stereotype …

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7 Ways To Help Your Custody Case

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In the wake of divorce, custody disputes often become the most harrowing part of the process. You love your kids and want the best for them, and the thought of not being around for them is terrifying. Countless factors play into the court’s ultimate decision about parenting plans and visitation …

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Surviving Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving is upon us. Though it’s traditionally full of family, friends, and other loved ones, this time of year is often tough for newly divorced dads. You may feel alone, especially if you don’t have your kids for the holiday. But there are ways to cope and survive what can …

What Is A Status Quo Order?

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During divorce and breakups, child custody battles often become heated and contentious affairs. In some situations in Oregon, the court may issue temporary orders lasting the duration of a case. This may include temporary custody arrangements or even implement temporary child support. If a child is in immediate danger, emergency …

How Mental Illness Impacts Child Custody

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It’s difficult to talk about, and many couples keep it hidden, but mental illness impacts every facet of a person’s life, as well as those around them. It often has a devastating influence on a relationship or marriage. Not only does it frequently lead to divorce, mental illness impacts child …

Do Grandparents Have Child Custody Rights?

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Families come in all shapes, sizes, and varieties. Most often parents are involved in a child’s life, but that’s not always the case. In some situations, grandparents wind up raising another generation of kids. They may be the only parents a child ever knows. Often this results from a parent …

Moving On Up: Relocation After Divorce

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In general, the law recognizes maintaining close relationships with both parents serves the best interests of children following divorce. This isn’t always easy. Custody arrangements, parenting plans, schedules, and continuing conflict between exes can all derail parenting time. And circumstances often change. What If The Custodial Parent Wants to Relocate? …

Can I Sign Away Parental Rights?

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Being a parent is a tough job. Depending on who you talk to, it may very well be the toughest gig around. As rewarding, fulfilling, and worthwhile as it can be, it’s also demanding, draining, and not for everyone. Some people take to parenthood naturally, while others grit their teeth …

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Enforcement Proceedings: Protecting Custody Rights

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Many parents toil diligently to remain a part of their children’s lives in divorce and custody hearings. This isn’t always a fight that ends with the final agreement and ensuring that the rights you struggled for don’t get trampled can be a continuous battle. This is where enforcement proceedings may …

How The UCCJA Protects Your Children

How The UCCJA Protects Your Children

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During divorce, things can get bitter, nasty, and downright mean. There may be hurt feelings, lingering resentments, and all kinds of acrimony. When there are minor children and custody battles involved, the situation can become even more heated and intense. What is the ‘Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act’? All too …

5 Tips For Custody Exchanges

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Even in the most amicable situations, a divorce is likely to leave lingering traces of bitterness and resentment, perhaps even outright hostility. If you never see your ex again, maybe that’s just fine with you.  That’s all well and good, but if there are minor children and shared custody involved, …

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Parental Alienation

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Guilt is a common emotion for parents going through divorce. That guilt can seep into relationships and become toxic to everyone involved. It is common for issues to surface before, during, and after the divorce; and the extent of those issues can jeopardize the ability of both parent and child …

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Update on Terry Achane’s Child Custody Case

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Court rules in favor of protecting Achane’s parental rights. Terry Achane is the Army Staff Sergeant that is battling to protect his paternal rights in the Utah Supreme Court. The custody battle began when Achane’s wife gave birth to their daughter and subsequently put the child up for adoption while …

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Are Men Second Class Citizens in Divorce?

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The Huffington Post ran a very interesting opinion piece this week on Men’s Rights and Family Law. The author, who is a divorce lawyer from St. Louis, believes that men’s right issues have been elevated to that of a civil rights crisis. “Quite frankly, men’s rights has become a civil …