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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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Enforcement Proceedings: Protecting Custody Rights

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

9 Common Mediation Questions Answered

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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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The Biology of Fatherhood

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This modern ideal of the father often still includes protector and provider— as well as caregiver and nurturer. The evolution and examination of Fatherhood has always been viewed through a sociological lens, but what about the biology?

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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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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’.

Grandparents’ Rights in Oregon–Third-Party Custody

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The definition of family in the United States has evolved greatly over the years. That once-ubiquitous one-size-fits-all model of mom, dad, two-point-five kids no longer represents everyone. (Not that it always did.) With the changing composition of American families, extended relatives often play integral roles. Aunts, uncles, grandparents, and others …

What Makes a Good Divorce Lawyer?

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Ending a marriage often becomes a long, trickly process. If you can afford it, hiring a divorce lawyer serves your best interests. But what makes a “good divorce lawyer?” Think about all the lawyers you’ve seen on TV or in movies. Of course, there’s Atticus Finch from To Kill a …

3 Major Factors That Impact Divorce Cost

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UPDATED: This probably comes as no shock, but divorce is expensive. Why? To paraphrase the old dad-joke, because it’s worth it! In all seriousness divorce often does cost a great deal of money. Many things impact the ultimate financial cost, and like most things with ending a marriage, it varies …

4 Divorce Strategy Tips

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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 divorce strategy in place. Creating a divorce strategy benefits you in a number of …

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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 …

Enforcing a Parenting Plan

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What Should I Do If My Ex Violates A Parenting Plan? 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, …

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Business Owners Face Unique Challenges in Divorce

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Because business owners face specific challenges in divorce, there are a variety of things to take into account before and during a marriage. They are: How to protect your business before tying the knot How divorce impacts your business partners How to protect a business you start during a marriage

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What is a Divorce Deposition?

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UPDATED: Depositions are often useful tools in legal cases. These are sworn witness statements taken out of court, but still under oath. The courts then use the written transcripts of these statements in place of in-person testimony. It’s common to use depositions in all legal areas, including family law. During …

5 Ways to Save Money on Your Divorce

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Divorce is expensive. Shocker of the year, right? Sorry to completely blow your mind like that. Kidding, of course. It surprises absolutely no one to learn that divorce costs a lot of money. Fortunately, there are strategies you can use to cut down on the expenses and save during divorce. …

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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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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 …

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7 Year Itch? Reasons for Divorce

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It’s been a few years now, but when Danica Patrick announced she was divorcing after seven years of marriage, headlines screamed about the seven-year itch —also known as a period of marital boredom that is accompanied by an increased likelihood for infidelity. It’s often cited as one of the big …

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 parenting evaluation. But that …

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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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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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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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How To Fill Out An NCAA Tournament Bracket

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Filling out an NCAA Tournament bracket and entering half a dozen pools is practically an American tradition. But filling out a bracket is also a daunting task. Some fans religiously pore over every word Joe Lunardi utters, track quadrant one wins, and keep tabs on conference tournament play. And after …

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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 statue, 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 …

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6 Unexpected Divorce Assets

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People fight over just about everything in a divorce, from houses and cars down to boxes full of cookie cutters. Everyone thinks of bank accounts, vacation homes, stocks, bonds, retirement annuities, and the like. These are the common and obvious assets. But they’re not the only ones. Divorce settlements have …

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Commutes And Divorce [Infographic]

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No two divorces are ever the same. What ruins one relationship doesn’t necessarily cause the same havoc in another. And it’s crazy to see what unexpected factors increase risks of divorce. For example, did you know a long daily commute intensifies your chances of splitting up? While it may sound …

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Goldberg Jones Bracket Challenge

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year. No, we’re not talking about Christmas or New Year’s. We’re talking about March Madness. Once again, the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament is HERE! And once again, Goldberg Jones is running our annual March Madness Bracket Challenge. This year, the champ walks away …

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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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6 Portland Family Holiday Events

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It’s already December somehow. Though there’s no telling yet if we’re going to have a white Christmas, holiday cheer has already invaded Portland big time. Lights and decorations shine brightly at night, we’re thinking about working on our shopping lists, and the tree is already up at Pioneer Courthouse Square. …