Unmarried Parents’ Rights

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We talk a lot about divorce and child custody cases. The two often go hand in hand. But not always. Many couples have children without a wedding first. For some, it’s a choice. For others, it just happens. Whatever the situation, the question arises, what rights do unmarried parents have when it comes to child custody? The short answer is: unmarried parents have the same rights as married parents in Oregon. Of course, there’s more …

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Is January Really Divorce Month?

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Fair or not, sometimes nicknames stick and are hard to shake. A pesky nickname can follow you around for years. How many of you have a friend who will forever be “Tiny” or “Lefty” or “Gonzo”? This doesn’t just happen to people, either. To some, the month of January, all 31 days, has become known as “Divorce Month.” The idea is that more couples pursue divorce in the days that immediately follow the New Year. …

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Does Oregon Have Common-Law Marriage?

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A lot goes into a relationship between two people. Navigating interpersonal affairs often resembles a high-wire act. At a basic level, however, marriage is relatively simple. You either are or you aren’t, right? You may try to block it out, but no one forgets their wedding day. But what if you don’t really have a wedding? What if you didn’t really get married? People toss the term common-law marriage around quite a bit. It happens …

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What State Has The Highest Divorce Rate?

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Many factors contribute to the end of a marriage. Age, job, income, education, children, family history, and more. Just about any element you care to look at can be shown to impact divorce statistically. This includes where you live. Laws governing divorce vary a great deal from one state to the next, but a new report examines which state has the highest divorce rate. Looking at the most current data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s …

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Health Issues Men Face In Divorce

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Divorce represents a titanic life change. In short order, almost every aspect of your life undergoes a radical overhaul. The process comes with all manner of issues to deal with, from the nitty-gritty nuts and bolts of dissolving your marriage to financial worries and emotional distress. Something men often tend to overlook in this process, but that has a huge overall impact, are health issues that arise when ending a marriage. Saying goodnight to a …

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Is Divorce Genetic?

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Couples divorce for an endless number of reasons. People cheat, people lie, people change over time. The reasons are as different and wide-reaching as the reasons people fall in love and get married in the first place. But are certain people biologically predisposed to divorce? Is divorce genetic? Do parents hand divorce down from one generation to the next? That may sound crazy, but one recent study suggests genetic makeup plays a much larger role …

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Protect Your Business During Divorce

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Almost all of you have jobs. Some of you own your own businesses. Whatever the profession, you pour your heart and soul and hard work into these ventures. They not only represent your passions and drives, they’re also practical concerns. After all, that’s how you make money to live and support your family. Ending a marriage is complicated enough in the most straightforward situations, but when you have to deal with a business during divorce, …

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How To Ask For A Divorce

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Marriage isn’t always sunshine and puppy dogs. It takes a lot of work, time, effort, and often struggle. And still, it doesn’t always work out. Try with all your might, sometimes you just can’t make a marriage work. But when it’s time to pull the plug, you face one massive obstacle: how do you ask for a divorce? This is an uncomfortable conversation, but an important first step. In reality, asking for divorce represents a …

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How Political Differences Are Causing Divorce

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The old maxim goes: never talk politics or religion in polite company. It’s taken numerous forms over the years, but that’s the general gist. And it’s solid advice. People feel passionate about these topics and conversations often become heated. Friendships have ended for less. But in increasingly divided times, it’s important to think about how politics and divorce intersect. It’s one thing if friends or coworkers have drastically different political beliefs. This can lead to …

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What Kids Can Learn From Fantasy Football

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, we don’t mean Christmas, Thanksgiving, or St. Patrick’s Day. No, we’re talking about football. The NFL season is right around the corner, and with it comes fantasy football. We’re all neck deep in statistics and metrics, reading articles, and keeping up to date on injuries as we prepare for our drafts. Most of us probably think of fantasy football as an excuse to watch every game, …

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My Spouse Doesn’t Love Me Anymore, What Next?

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Unfortunately, it happens, but love doesn’t always last. When you got married, you probably meant every word of “’til death do us part.” However, it doesn’t always work out like that. People grow apart for countless reasons. But when your spouse says she doesn’t love you anymore, what do you next? That’s a difficult thing to hear. It comes with all manner of psychological and emotional ramifications. That, however, is not our area of expertise. What …

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7 Back To School Tips For Divorced Dads

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It’s hard to believe it’s almost time for the kids to go back to school. Depending on where you live, it may have already happened. It’s always tough for the kids to give up the freedom of summer break and return to the classroom. But it’s often equally difficult for the parents, especially newly divorced dads. Adjusting takes time, but we’ve got some tips that may help. The start of a new school year often …

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5 Family Adventures In Portland Before The Kids Go Back To School

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It’s somehow already almost the end of summer. August crept up on us, stores are advertising back-to-school sales, and the kids are already dreading the return to the classroom. You may wonder where the summer went—it happens to all of us. But don’t worry, there’s still time to squeeze in more seasonal adventures before kids go back to school. One of the great benefits of living where we do is the wealth of events and …

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Do I Need A Divorce Lawyer If My Spouse Has One?

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One of the biggest questions you’ll ask yourself while ending a marriage is whether or not you need a divorce lawyer. No two divorces are ever the same, so there’s no one-size-fits-all answer. It all depends on the specific circumstances of your case. But what if your spouse hires one? In that case, should you hire a divorce lawyer too? The short answer is yes. If your spouse hires a divorce lawyer, it’s in your …

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4 divorce tips for your legal strategy

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For men going through divorce, having a plan and a divorce strategy in place can make a difficult situation easier. Creating a divorce strategy is particularly important for men—it will help you protect your assets, potentially reduce your support exposure and improve your chances of custody/more visitation during the divorce process. 1.   Slow Down By the time the decision to divorce has been made, many men have reached the point of “just get me …

Congrats to Attorney Rick Saturn for His Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©

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Rick Saturn has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2014 in the field of family law (Copyright 2013 by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC). Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers® has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Because Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal …

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Divorce and Facebook

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Facebook has surpassed 1.06 billion monthly active users and the use of social media as evidence in divorce and custody cases is on the rise. Now more than ever it is important to understand how social media can impact your divorce and how to use privacy settings to limit access to your information. Paramount above all else, always use caution when sharing anything on the Internet. Privacy settings are not infallible and screenshots can be …

Family Law Answers—Colin Amos On Air

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Colin Amos stopped by Sports 750 The Game to discuss all things family law. During this appearance, Colin covered everything from a Pennsylvanian woman’s attempt to get a divorce by calling 911 to legal questions from husbands and fathers. One question Colin tackled is a common concern among fathers facing a breakup. The question came from Portland and inquired, “My ex and I have a child together and were never married. She has relocated to …

Step Parents’ Rights in Oregon

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The end of a romantic relationship is never easy. Add children to the equation and the complexity increases exponentially—it can be particularly difficult for men that developed a strong bond with their ex’s children. Terminating the relationship with mom usually means terminating the relationship with the kids, unless the man is the biological or adoptive father. The prospect of severing ties with the kids can be devastating for both the man and the children. Assuming …

Custody, Restraining Orders and Divorce

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Colin Amos stopped by “Sports 750 The Game” to chat all things family law. The first hot topic of the conversation addressed professional football star Deion Sander’s recent custody battle. Sanders has been awarded full physical custody of his two older children and shared physical custody of the couple’s youngest daughter. But the custody wasn’t earned without a fight. The couple’s divorce has been contentious and  has even resulted in restraining orders being filed. On the …

Colin On Air: Divorce, Custody, and When Not to Hire a Lawyer

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Colin stopped by the studio and fielded some divorce and custody questions on air. With topics ranging from custody modifications to spousal support, Colin provided some legal insight to the often-complicated situations husbands and fathers face in divorce and custody cases.  You can listen to all of Colin’s advice in the video. I was told I can pick up documents at the courthouse for divorce, do I really need an attorney, how much does a …

Goldberg Jones March Madness Bracket Challenge

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JOIN NOW Fill out your bracket before March 21, 2013 for your chance to win the $250 Amazon gift card.    It is that time of year again. Time to scour the internet for stats, brush up on our bracketology, and pick the winners. It is March, and that means one thing—NCAA College Basketball Tournament. This year Goldberg Jones is excited to host a bracket challenge with a $250 Amazon gift card as the reward. …

Divorce Mistakes to Avoid

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5. Hiding assets You have worked hard for you assets and it is natural to want to protect the fruits of your labor. However, trying to hide assets during a divorce can cause significant damage to your case and could jeopardize those assets you are trying to protect. Divorce mistakes like this can harm your case.  Both parties in a divorce are legally required to fully disclose all assets and debts. If not disclosed that …

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Text Messages as Evidence

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A text from an ex December 3, 2012 marked twenty years of text messaging.  Text messages (or SMS, aka Short Messaging Service) have come a long way from the first SMS sent in 1992. Neil Papworth used the Vodafone GSM network to send “Merry Christmas” from a personal computer to Richard Jarvis on his Orbitel 901 handset. Since that holiday greeting, text messaging has become deeply embedded as a communication tool. Texting’s popularity has driven …

5 Thanksgiving Solo Missions

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Single parent holiday For men newly divorced or going through the divorce process, the holiday season can be a challenging time. If this Thanksgiving is looming large as your first solo holiday, you might be tempted to hibernate. Instead of hunkering down and avoiding the festivities, consider celebrating with one of these solo missions. Hiking– A dose of nature and the solitude of a hiking trail can be a welcome change from the hustle and …

Dissolving a domestic partnership in Oregon

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Even if a couple isn’t married, there are legal matters they need to navigate when dissolving a domestic partnership. Portland divorce attorney Colin Amos fielded questions on maneuvering through that tricky terrain. The first question he tackled: “My girlfriend and I are breaking up. We have been together for 12 years; we have a 9 year old son, a house together, and some other property. We can’t agree on anything. What should I do, a …

Dissolving a domestic partnership in Oregon —going beyond custody and common law.

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Even if a couple isn’t married, there are legal matters they need to navigate when dissolving a domestic partnership. Portland divorce attorney Colin Amos fielded questions on maneuvering through that tricky terrain. The first question he tackled: “My girlfriend and I are breaking up. We have been together for 12 years; we have a 9 year old son, a house together, and some other property. We can’t agree on anything. What should I do, a …

My wife is having an affair on Facebook. Do I need to hire an attorney? Or, can I do this divorce on my own?

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Colin Amos from Goldberg Jones answers questions from Portland and Clark County about divorce, child custody, and how to pick the right attorney. One father writes in to ask if he really needs an attorney. My wife has been having a Facebook affair. This is not the first time. I am done. We have two kids and I have a small retirement plan. My house is underwater. Obviously, I don’t have much money. Do I …

What Happens to Inheritance in a Divorce?

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Colin Amos, a Portland divorce lawyer and managing attorney of Goldberg Jones, was on the radio before the holiday to talk about a major change in Oregon divorce law. The change will affect how inheritance will be divided during divorce and is effective as of today. Before the change, inheritance or gifts received during the marriage were presumed to be joint property. Therefore, the court often split inheritance between the two parties during the divorce. While the …