10 Truly Scary Divorce Facts

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Divorce is usually a time of great upheaval. It may absolutely be the right decision, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. In a relatively short span, your entire life changes, and it can be a frightening, uncertain experience. There’s a great deal to consider about marriage and divorce. And not …

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Restraining Orders: What is a Civil Standby?

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It’s no secret that divorces often become contentious. Conflict forms a big part of the proceedings. Depending on the circumstances, many involve the use of restraining orders. These court orders can be useful tools to protect people and assets. But they’re also often complicated, so it’s important to know how …

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Long-Term Marriages And Divorce

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Over the course of a marriage, two lives become intertwined. The longer the marriage, the more interwoven they become. Long-term marriages end for a variety of reasons. As the years go by, however, a number of unique divorce issues arise. What should you look out for? What is even considered …

How Mental Illness Impacts Child Custody

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Mental illness affects many people. Still, it’s often a difficult topic for many people to talk about. Even if kept hidden, mental illness impacts every facet of a person’s life, as well as those around them. It often has a devastating influence on relationships and marriages. Not only does it …

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Writ Of Assistance, Divorce, And Child Custody

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On a basic level, a writ of assistance is a written court order that instructs law enforcement, such as a sheriff or police officer, to take action to help one party obtain something specifically ordered in a previous court order. Essentially, this new order helps enforce a pre-existing order. When it comes to family law, there are a number of ways this can manifest.

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Can A Custodial Parent Relocate With Your Kids?

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Co-parenting after divorce is difficult. Custody arrangements, parenting plans, schedules, and continuing conflict between exes can all derail parenting time. And circumstances often change. What if one parent plans to move with a child? What can you do about potential relocation after divorce? In general, the law recognizes maintaining close …

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Parenting Plans And Enforcement Proceedings

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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, visitation, holidays, and all the other schedule issues. But what if your …

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When Do You Need A Divorce Lawyer?

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There are a lot of questions to ask in the process of ending a marriage. One is whether or not you need to hire a divorce lawyer. The more complicated your situation, the more you’re likely to benefit when you hire a divorce lawyer. While you can handle the details of your split yourself, having representation benefits you in a number of areas.

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4 Divorce Tips and Strategies

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Ending a marriage can be a chaotic, trying time. There’s a lot going. Meetings with attorneys, mediation, forms to fill out, documents to submit; the list is practically endless. It makes things easier to have a few divorce tips and strategies in your pocket. Four divorce tips and strategies: Creating …

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Crowdfunding Your Divorce

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Divorce is usually a private matter. Sure, your friends and family know what you’re going through. But most people don’t broadcast that news to the general public. As social media has become a ubiquitous part of modern life, that has changed. The rise of crowdfunding also changed our lives. It …

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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 …

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5 Common Ways To Celebrate Divorce

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People love to celebrate. We’ll take any excuse to throw a party, whether it’s a holiday, a promotion at work, or the Trailblazers making a playoff run. While we usually think of ending a marriage as a serious, somber affair, that’s not always the case. Increasingly, many people take the …

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Do I Need a Prenuptial Agreement?

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When most of us think of a prenuptial agreement, we think of wealthy couples with more money than we can ever dream of. We’re talking about celebrities, rock stars, professional athletes, titans of industry, and Hollywood A-listers. After all, those folks have tons of assets to protect. So prenups are …

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Surviving Thanksgiving for Divorced Dads

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Thanksgiving is upon us. Though it’s traditionally full of family, friends, and other loved ones, thanks to COVID-19, things look quite different for many of us this year. Even without a global pandemic, this time of year is often tough for newly divorced dads. You may feel alone, especially if …

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Is the Divorce Rate 50%?

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One statistic tossed around frequently is that 50% of all marriages end in divorce. The number varies a bit, but the gist is that roughly half of weddings have a corresponding divorce waiting.  As ubiquitous as this figure is, many just accept it as fact. In some ways this is …

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Fighting Parental Alienation

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In the wake of a divorce, it’s not uncommon for parent-child relationships to take a hit. You may not see your child as often and you may not be a part of their day-to-day lives. This is tough, but it’s even worse in cases where parental alienation rears its ugly …

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8 Ways To Prepare For Divorce

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Attorneys are subject to a variety of rules, regulations, and stipulations when it comes to offering divorce and legal advice. Without an actual consultation, we can’t offer any concrete divorce legal suggestions. Beyond that, every situation is different. No single recommendation will fit every case. Without examining the specifics, it’s …

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Divorce Deposition

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UPDATED: This article has been updated for accuracy. What Is a Divorce Deposition? Depositions are often useful tools in legal cases. It’s common to use depositions in all legal areas, including family law. During the process of ending a marriage, you may encounter the phrase “divorce deposition.” These are sworn …

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Common Divorce Mediation Questions

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Despite what we see in movies and on TV, divorce and child custody cases don’t always go to court. Those situations certainly make for compelling fictional drama, but in reality, a variety of options exist beyond litigation. Called Alternate Dispute Resolution, or ADR, these strategies provide alternatives to trial. One …

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Common Mistakes Men Make In Divorce

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Over the course of the process, divorce tends to get messy and complicated. In straightforward, low-conflict cases, things may progress smoothly. But with forms to fill out, appointments to appear at, and many other moving parts, it doesn’t take much for problems to arise. And that doesn’t even take flaring emotions …

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Cinematic Lessons in Fatherhood

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TV and movie fathers may be (generally) fictional, but they can still teach you about what it means to be a parent. There are those dads you admire, those you use as examples of what not to do, and others you respect for their ability to grow.

Awesome Dad Movies

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One of our favorite traditions is watching movies with the old man. Following that line of thinking, here are some of our favorites to watch with the big guy on holidays or just because.

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Divorce Selfies

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The selfie has become a ubiquitous part of pop culture. It has become so pervasive that it has spawned a category of ‘divorce selfies’.

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Grandparents’ Rights and Third-Party Custody

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Legally, a parent’s rights take precedence, but in Oregon, it is possible for a third party, including grandparents, to file for child custody. As you might imagine, this isn’t a quick, simple, or easy process. In order to petition for custody, grandparents must have an established “child-parent relationship.” Often this …

5 Ways to Save Money on Your Divorce

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Divorce is expensive. Fortunately, there are strategies you can use to cut down on the expenses and save during divorce. How much a divorce costs exactly depends on many factors. In terms of simple cases, usually shorter marriages with few shared assets and no children, divorce may cost little more …

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Communication During a Divorce

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Divorce often becomes a time of high conflict. That probably doesn’t startle anyone. Hurt feelings, raging emotions, and anger all come with the territory. They also have a huge impact on how warring spouses handle communication during divorce. Communication is key during divorce. It’s central to working out the division …

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Do Step-Parents’ Have 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 an acceptable parenting plan and residential schedule. If you can’t,  the court may order a parenting evaluation. But …

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Health Issues Men Face In Divorce

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UPDATED: 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 …

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Divorce and Depression: The Impact on Men

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Did you expect to feel a sense of relief once you finally finalized your divorce? Did you anticipate an overwhelming wave of elation and well-being once you signed the divorce papers? That’s a natural expectation. After all, you’ve been waiting for this moment, building up to this for some time. …

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Divorce Capital Of Oregon

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UPDATE: …and new champion in 2019… Okay, maybe being crowned the divorce capital of Oregon isn’t a feat to aspire to. And this year, that dubious honor goes to Umatilla. The town of just over 7000, located near the northeastern corner of the state, took over the top spot from …

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4 Valentine’s Day Ideas For Divorced Dads

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It’s the middle of February and you’ve probably noticed store displays full of various sized hearts, pink everything, and chocolate as far as the eye can see. That’s right, Valentine’s Day is almost here again. A romantic holiday can be lonely for the newly divorced, but there are still ways …

Who Gets The Engagement Ring?

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The old saying goes, possession is nine-tenths of the law. That’s not exactly a legally binding statute, but the underlying idea often plays a role. One situation we see frequently involves engagement rings. One of our founding partners, Rick Jones, makes regular appearances on the Danny Bonaduce and Sarah Morning …

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7 Divorce Urban Legends

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When you think about urban legends, you probably think of hook-handed madmen terrorizing teens at Makeout Point, giant alligators roaming the sewers, or the Bandage Man of Cannon Beach. They’re usually the stuff of horror movies. Stories related from one person to the next, often accepted at face value. Some …

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Children Of Divorce Earn Fewer College Degrees

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Divorce has a huge impact on your life. It often throws your entire existence into upheaval. But it doesn’t only affect you. Children are especially susceptible to the lingering effects. One recent report indicates that children of divorce are much less likely to earn college degrees. According to a new …

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5 Family Summer Activities In Portland

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It’s probably best not to think about how August is already coming to a close, that the kids are getting ready to head back to school (or may already be there), and wonder where the summer went. That’s not good for anyone’s state of mind. But don’t worry. Just because …