How are Assets Divided in Divorce?

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Reaching the end of a divorce can be a drawn-out process with issues that seem impossible to resolve. The distribution of assets, custody (if there are children), and support, are three of the primary concerns couples face. “What is going to happen to the house? Who gets it? What about the furniture? The car? The remaining debts?”…etc.—are all questions that seem daunting to rectify. However, Oregon is an equitable distribution state and has established guidelines …

Colin On Air: Legalization of Marijuana and Post-nuptial Agreements

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Colin recently stopped by 750 The Game to discuss how legalizing marijuana might affect custody and divorce, and post-nuptial agreements. The conversation about the legalization of marijuana was spawned from a recent article in the Willamette Weekly about the upcoming vote for legalizing pot. According to the article, “A recent poll shows eight of 10 Oregonians believe it’s a matter of when, not if, voters erase laws against recreational use of marijuana.” The conversation regarding …

How Much Does an Oregon Divorce Cost?

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The cost of divorce in Oregon is affected by a number of factors and can vary greatly depending on the unique facts of your situation.  There are 3 major factors that will impact the final expense of your divorce: conflict, compromise, and counsel. Conflict There is a positive correlation between the amount of conflict in a divorce and the cost— the greater the conflict, the more expensive the divorce. High conflict divorces present a greater …

4 Tactics for Fighting Parental Alienation

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Parental Alienation is defined as “a social dynamic when a child expresses unjustified hatred or unreasonably strong dislike of one parent, making access by the rejected parent difficult or impossible. “ Father’s that are the target of Parental Alienation face a plethora of challenges. Overcoming those challenges can be overwhelming and leave fathers uncertain of their options for maintaining a relationship with their children. Have a Plan One of the best ways fathers can protect …

Divorce and Debt in Oregon

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Finances are often at the forefront when a couple has made the decision to divorce. Who will get what and how those decisions are made can create a lot of anxiety. Additionally, some couples are surprised to find out that debts are also divided in the divorce process. Credit cards, home loans, auto financing and other debts will distributed between both parties. Because Oregon is an equitable distribution state there are some subtleties in how …

Divorce & Twitter — Colin Amos On-Air

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Colin stopped by Flight 750 to answer questions about divorce and custody, and weigh in on some family law issues that have been in the news. The first question Colin tackled came from an involved dad whose children were requesting to live with him. The father has been divorced for more than 7 years, and his kids, 12 and 15, want to change their living arrangements so they can reside with their father. In answering …

Enforcing a Parenting Plan

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What should I do if my parenting plan is violated? The parenting plan is the cornerstone of your custody arrangement. If one party violates the agreement, knowing what to do will help you protect your relationship with your child. What is a parenting plan? A parenting plan is often part of a divorce agreement, but it is also necessary for parents that were never married.  A parenting plan is a formal document that is filed …

Restraining Orders: What is a Civil Standby?

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A civil standby is an opportunity for those restricted by a restraining order to gather essential personal effects without violating the restraining order. Regardless if you are the petitioner of the restraining order or the respondent, understanding how a civil standby works and its limitations is important. In Oregon, a civil standby is requested through your local police department. Officers will be dispatched to meet the person who is restricted by the restraining order  (the …

Do I Need to Hire an Oregon Divorce Lawyer?

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“Do I have to hire an Oregon Divorce Lawyer?” is a common question for men facing divorce. The answer is no. Having a divorce lawyer is not required to get divorce. You can represent yourself—but like many things, just because you can, doesn’t mean you should. What is the benefit of having a divorce attorney? The end of a marriage is an emotional and stressful time and it is important to keep in mind that …

What is a Divorce Deposition?

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The term “divorce deposition” sounds much more ominous than it really is. Simply stated, it is a tool used by attorneys to obtain information from both parties during a divorce. The deposition is a formal interview conducted by court personnel like an attorney or a paralegal. Depositions are not unique to family law, and while you may hear the term “divorce deposition”, that simply refers to a deposition that is being used in a divorce …

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5 Ways to Save Money on Your Divorce

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Educate Yourself  Educating yourself on your rights and what to expect from the divorce process can help you save money. The more you know about the process the easier it will be to work with your attorney or mediator to reach a divorce agreement. Understanding the process will allow you to do some of the legwork that you might otherwise pay your attorney to do.  Taking a hands-on-approach that is coordinated with your divorce lawyer …

What can I do after the final Judgment?

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When circumstances change it can create challenges for men paying or receiving child support. Changes in employment status, household income, or other events can drastically affect the need for, or ability to pay, support. For men in these situations, it can be frustrating to know what comes next. Fortunately, there are options available to adjust support and increase your time with your kids. Modifications and appeals provide opportunities for amending support and custody orders. What …

Will My Marriage End In Divorce?

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When a marriage hits a rough patch, it is common for men to wonder, “Will my marriage end in divorce?” There is a big difference between a rough patch and a marriage that has been derailed and is headed for divorce. Being able to distinguish between temporary challenges that happen in every relationship and irreconcilable differences is important. Not all marriages that have hit hard times are doomed for divorce. When you are mired in …

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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 …

Divorce Communication

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When a relationship is coming to an end, it can be easy for couples to fall into a pattern of high conflict communication. Hurt feelings, anger, and all the other emotions that come with the territory can leave people scrambling to communicate effectively—but effective divorce communication can be essential for protecting your rights and your assets (and save you money). Usually couples will fall into one of two categories when it comes to divorce communication—they …

Colin Talks Paternity DNA Testing in Oregon

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Managing attorney Colin Amos stopped by 750 The Game to weigh in on current events and answer a few family law questions. The first topic of the day was the 3 million dollar paternity suit in which former Oasis frontman, Liam Gallagher, has been named. According to online reports, a $3 million paternity suit has been filed in regards to a seven-month-old little girl. New York Times journalist, Liza Ghorbani, is bringing the paternity suit …

Alimony Reform

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What is alimony? Impacted by economic, cultural and social factors, alimony has evolved into a transitional tool to help economically disadvantaged spouses become financially self-sufficient after the end of a marriage. The concept of ongoing support underwent a significant change as divorce laws evolved in the 19th century. Alimony became tied to at-fault divorces when marital misconduct was present. This interpretation of alimony operated on the assumption that the wife was entitled to ongoing support …

Grandparents’ Rights in Oregon —Third Party Custody

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The definition of family in the United States has evolved greatly and a one-size-fits-all characterization doesn’t exist. With the changing composition of American families, it is common for extended relatives and grandparents to step in and parent when the biological parent is absent or unable to fill the parenting role. Stepping up to raise a child can be rewarding, but can also carry uncertainty—depending on the circumstances. For grandparents, or relatives looking to have greater …

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Race for Justice: Supporting the St. Andrew’s Legal Clinic

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The legal community converged on the Madeleine Parish last Saturday for the annual Race for Justice. It was a full day of community events that brought together attorneys, judges, administrators, volunteers, and kids of all ages. The day’s festivities were highlighted by a 5K run/walk, a kid’s fun run, and a beer­–and–pizza brunch. The event is an annual fundraiser for the St. Andrew Legal Clinic and Goldberg Jones is a proud sponsor once again. The …

Business Owners Face Unique Challenges in Divorce

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Media mogul and business tycoon Rupert Murdock is back in the news—this time for his divorce from his third wife, Wendi Deng. With speculations running rampant over prenuptial agreements and divorce settlements, Murdock’s divorce serves as a reminder to all entrepreneurs that a deteriorating relationship can impact your business. After Murdock’s last divorce and a settlement that is reported to have exceeded 1 billion dollars, it is likely that a prenup was signed prior his …

How to Get Divorced in Oregon

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  While there aren’t a lot of steps to getting divorced, there are a lot of details. Each step of the process comes with its own set of challenges and potential bottlenecks that can slow down your divorce. This post will give you a general idea of what to expect through the different steps and help you understand what to anticipate during your divorce. 1. Get answers The first step in getting a divorce should …

Divorce for Men Radio—Episode 6: Divorce and Reconciliation

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Earlier this year Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa announced that they were reconciling. Bryant’s wife Vanessa filed for divorce in 2011 citing irreconcilable differences after more than a decade of marriage, but the couple had a change of heart and decided to call off the divorce. Managing partner Rick Jones and managing attorney Colin Amos sat down with Divorce for Men Radio to discuss divorce and reconciliation.During the conversation Rick posed the question “what …

Child Custody: The best interest of the child

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In the best interest of the child In divorce and custody cases the phrase “in the best interest of the child” is used frequently. But what does it mean? In some cases it can be obvious. In situations where one parent is unable to care for the child and provide a safe and loving home, the best interest of the child is easier to determine. But in circumstances where both parents are loving, well adjusted, and …

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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 …

Oregon Custody: Parenting Evaluations

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Child custody can pose many challenging issues making it difficult for couples to reach a custody agreement. Ideally couples will work together to create a parenting plan and schedule that is acceptable for all parties. Realistically the courts will frequently be required to decide what is best for the child and create custody orders that reflect the findings of the court. For men mired in a contentious custody battle, the idea of the court deciding …

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Congrats to the 2013 GJBCC Lincoln William!

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Louisville may have taken the NCAA Division I title, but Lincoln William emerged victorious in this year’s Goldberg Jones Bracket Challenge. William’s bracket picks bested the other 260 participants and earned him the reward of a $250 Amazon Gift Card. William picked 43 of the 63 games correctly and his bracket earned 145 out of a possible 192 points. William beat last year’s winner by 29 points and securing him the 2012 Goldberg Jones Bracket Challenge title. …

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 …

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Divorce For Men Radio

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For some fans, this year’s March Madness is more akin to March Sadness. The NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament has been rife with unexpected upsets and top-seed eliminations. The unpredictable nature of the tournament lends to the excitement and fervor among fans, but this year’s competition has taken unpredictable to the next level. Early upsets like 15 seed Florida Gulf Coast ousting 2 seed Georgetown in the first round and 9 seed Witchita taking …

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. …

Attorney Michael Riedel Joins the Goldberg Jones Team

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Our team of talented divorce lawyers is growing. Goldberg Jones is proud to welcome Michael Riedel to the Portland office. We work hard to protect our clients’ rights and we are always excited when we add  a talented attorney like Michael to our team. Michael is a skilled attorney dedicated to defending the rights and assets of men and fathers. As a father himself, Michael understands the importance of protecting a father’s access to his …

How to Write Vows: advice from a divorce attorney on what to include

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Another Valentine’s Day is in the books and this year Goldberg Jones celebrated by sponsoring a shot gun wedding that was performed live on-air by The Fan 1080. Managing attorney, Colin Amos, stopped by show the day before the nuptials to offer some suggestions for wedding vows. Drawing from years of experience as a divorce attorney, Colin was able to provide some situations that he has seen lead to divorce. All of Colin’s recommendations come …

Colin Talks Custody, Divorce, and…Kim Kardashian? (Video)

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Colin stopped by 750AM The Game to help listeners with custody, divorce and family law questions on air. The first question posed to Colin “I wanted to get through the holidays before I get a divorce. I am finally ready, I have been married 14 years, have a 12 and a 9 year old, and my wife doesn’t work. We haven’t been getting along, but she doesn’t want a divorce. Can I still pursue a divorce even …

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 Achane was away on active duty. In December 2012, a Utah court ordered the couple that adopted Achane’s daughter return the child. Instead of handing …

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 …

9 Celebrity Divorces 2012

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Divorces 2012 As the clock ticks down the last few hours of 2012, take a look back on the 9 of the most publicized divorces of the year. Some have been in the works for a while and others came as a surprise —but for all the gents on our list, 2013 will be full of new beginnings and fresh starts. 9. Danny DeVito Funny man Danny DeVito and longtime wife Rhea Perlman announced their …

Father Fights for His Paternal Rights

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Soldier fights for custody of his daughter in Utah Father’s often face an uphill battle in family courts for a number of reasons; one of these reasons can be establishing paternity. In many states a mother can opt out of identifying the child’s biological father on the birth certificate. For unwed fathers this can limit their ability to enforce their parental rights and in some instances will preclude them from knowledge of the child’s existence. …

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Reasons for Divorce

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7 year itch? 3 year glitch? When do relationships hit the rocks? Danica Patrick announced in November she will be divorcing after 7 years of marriage and headlines have been screaming about the 7 year itch —also known as a period of marital boredom that is accompanied by an increased likelihood for infidelity. The term was made famous by the 1955 film “The Seven Year Itch” starring Marilyn Monroe. Digging into the genesis of the …

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Child Support and Predictive Analytics

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Pennsylvania is leading the charge in child support enforcement Pennsylvania’s Bureau of Child Support Enforcement success in recovering financial support payments may be paving the road for change. Federal guidelines require that States secure at least 80 percent of support owed by non-custodial parents. Currently Pennsylvania is the only State in the union to achieve this benchmark. In fact, the Pennsylvania Bureau of Child Support Enforcement has met or exceeded all five of the performance …

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 …

U.S. Divorce Statistics

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Divorce statistics can be staggering. The current divorce rate in the United States has been reported at hovering around fifty percent for the past few decades. With a little investigating into the data fueling these numbers, some interesting insights emerge. An article published on cnbc.com in May of 2012, David Milstead reports that a survey conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau that divided men into categories of  “never married”, “ever married”, “ever widowed”, or “ever …

How to ask for divorce

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Ask for divorce —a guide for men Like many life decisions, the decision to dissolve your marriage should not be entered into lightly. Dissolving the marital bond will have far reaching emotional and financial consequences which will be amplified if children are involved.  If you are just begging to consider if you should ask for divorce, working with a therapist or marriage counselor can provide you guidance through your current challenges and help you decide the …

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Divorce for Men Radio – primary physical custody

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Episode 2 — Usher is awarded primary physical custody [soundcloud id=’66258467′ color=’#205ba2′] In a legal battle that has spanned more than 3 years, Usher and his ex-wife continue the contested debate centered around primary physical custody. They recently returned to court once again. Celebrity watch websites are reporting that the feuding couple was back in court in late October over details regarding child support. The case, which appeared to reach a resolution in August with …

Goldberg Jones Attorney, Chance Fewel, Featured by Oregon School of Law

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A recent feature on the University of Oregon School of Law website highlighted the legal legacy of Goldberg Jones attorney Chance Fewel. Chance and his father both attended the University of Oregon School of law and went on to fulfilling legal careers. The article illuminates how Chance followed in his father’s footsteps, but was motivated by a different driving force. Chance was driven to become an attorney by his desire to “be something rather than …

How to Talk to People

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How to start a conversation. If you are recently divorced or just starting the divorce process, making small talk with extended family members, acquaintances, and strangers can be difficult —it’s common for men to wonder how to talk to people. We recently came across an article on one of our favorite websites, The Art of Manliness, that does an exceptional job outlining the often awkward endeavor of small talk. For men redefining themselves after divorce, …

4 Divorce Tips from Grand Theft Auto

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4 things Grand Theft Auto can teach you about divorce With the release of Grand Theft Auto 5 looming on the horizon, it seems prudent to take a retrospective on the divorce tips learned from Grand Theft Auto. 1.     When your car is engulfed in flames, get out. At first glance this seems like a no brainer. If the car is in flames and there is no way that the fire can be extinguished —get …

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Divorce for Men Radio – Relocation and Spousal Support

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Have you ever wondered what would happen to your relationship with your kids if your ex-wife wanted to relocate? In this episode of Divorce for Men Radio, Colin and Rick discuss how relocation will affect custody and how the courts in Washington view relocation differently than Oregon.   Rick and Colin also address who receives spousal support, sometimes referred to as alimony, and when it is awarded. Do you have an opinion on relocation? Leave …

Child Custody: Kelly Rutherford’s battle to be the custodial parent

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Kelly Rutherford has made a name for herself with her roles in Scream 3, Melrose Place, The Fugitive, and Gossip Girl. More recently, Rutherford has been in the news for her transatlantic battle over child custody. While Goldberg Jones is not involved with this case, it does provide an interesting platform for understanding several key points common in custody cases. The Rutherford-Giersch custody case began with Rutherford’s divorce from Daniel Giersch in 2009. In 2010 …

Grandparents visitation in Oregon

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Understanding third party custody The Texas Grandparent Access Law was enacted almost 20 years ago to protect the relationship between children and their grandparents. The purpose of the law is to give grandparents options for maintaining contact after divorce, death or other circumstances that may befall the parent. Recently the Grandparent Access Law has come under scrutiny. Local NBC station, KCBD.com,in Lubbock, TX, is reporting “recent allegations claim the law has been turned upside down …

Custody Battle

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A lesson from Scorpions drummer, James Kottak   TMZ is reporting that Scorpions drummer James Kottak has filed legal documents petitioning for primary custody of his teenage son under allegations that his ex-wife is an alcoholic and unfit to parent —she claims she has been sober since January, 2012. In a recent radio appearance, our Portland managing attorney, Colin Amos, addressed the issue of substance abuse in custody cases and how you can proceed to …

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Divorce and Communication

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Tips for family communication Lack of communication is at the top of the causes-of-divorce list and unfortunately communication challenges often persist even after a marriage has dissolved. This might not pose a problem if you and your ex cut ties and avoid all contact. But if you have children with your ex, severing contact is usually not an option. Although eliminating interaction with your kids’ mother isn’t an option, there are some tactics you can …

Divorce nightmare: my ex-wife was a lawyer

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A recent blog post, by Staci Zaretsky on Above the Law, highlighted the story of one man burned by his ex-wife’s legal background. The story paints a tale of a couple, Andrea Shomer and Andrew Left, who married in 2001 and then later divorced to the tune of almost $50,000 a month in support payments. After becoming pregnant, Shomer left her position as an attorney at ABC Entertainment and Touchstone Television to stay at home …

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Divorce and Depression : the impact on men

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Were you expecting to feel a sense of relief once your divorce was finalized? Perhaps you did, but now that initial relief has faded and you are feeling a little off —not your usual self. Divorce can be one of the most stressful life events a man can endure. It is not uncommon for men to experience post divorce depression. In fact, a Canadian study revealed that while both genders are at risk for post divorce …

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 …

No Substitute for Dad

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The importance of fathers is frequently overlooked and underappreciated. A study was recently released that validates the impact a father has on his child’s development and the role dads play in cultivating the well being of their kids. The study, conducted by Ronald Rohner of the University of Connecticut, delves into the how the father child relationship is tied to psychological development and contributes to forming the child’s personality. Rohner’s study examined 36 separate studies …

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 …

Goldberg Jones sponsors Race for Justice

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Recently we had the pleasure of sponsoring the 12th Annual St. Andrew Legal Clinic (SALC) Race for Justice. The race raised more than $153,000. That money will go towards funding the legal clinic and helping low-income families in Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas and Columbia counties. Goldberg Jones is proud to support SALC and their work providing legal advocacy for adoption, child custody and support, protection orders, guardianship, parenting time and spousal support. Over the past 35 …

How to file for divorce in Oregon

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Making the decision to file for divorce in Oregon is not an easy choice. You probably have questions about the process and what to expect. We have put together answers to some of the most common questions and included a checklist to help you anticipate what is to come. Oregon does not require a reason for filing for divorce. This “no fault” divorce is referred to as “irreconcilable differences” and simply means that you and …

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Can my ex-girlfriend use my past as an alcoholic against me?

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Colin tackles a number of questions about child custody, divorce, and child support modifications this week on the radio. One Portland husband and father asks if his ex-girlfriend can use his past as an alcoholic against him. The caller asks: “I have a seven year old son with my ex-girlfriend. We have been separated for the last 6 months. I have him every other weekend and times during the week. She consistently jerks me around and …

Should I get a legal separation & then get a divorce?

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Portland family law attorney, Colin Amos, talks family law and divorce for men. This week he fields a number of calls about divorce, legal separation, and how to get an annulment. One question from a Portland husband and father asks whether a legal separation or a divorce would be a better path to take. He asks: I have been told that I should get a legal separation first and then get a divorce. Is this …

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 …

How to Avoid Setting a Bad Precedent when Separating – Portland Divorce Lawyer’s Advice for Men

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Colin Amos leads off this week’s interview with some important issues for men to consider when separating. He answers a question by a local husband and father. My wife and I have been in counseling and it has been suggested that we consider separating from each other. I have a daughter and my wife doesn’t work. This will pinch us financially. So, I am reluctant. Is there anything else I should be concerned about? Colin’s …

Is Leaving the House in my Name Sufficient?

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In his most recent radio interview, Colin Amos talked about pre-nups,  Portland Divorce for men, and child custody. He took questions from callers and questions that were submitted to our website. One question he answers asked about separate property and when to get a prenup. The question read: I plan on getting married in a few weeks. I have a house in my name, some investment accounts, and a retirement account. I plan to leave …

When is the Best Time to Start a Divorce or Modify Custody in Portland?

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If you have children who are in school, you may consider starting the process before the end of February. Colin Amos, managing attorney for Goldberg Jones and Portland divorce lawyer, explains why in this radio interview:   Modifying a custody arrangement is not an overnight process and courts are less likely to make changes in the middle of the school year. If there is any dispute over custody,  it could be up to 6 months before …

A Bad Divorce Story: Deviant Wife or Deviant Husband?

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You think getting a divorce is bad. Imagine getting a divorce at the same time you are being indicted on federal charges. Now imagine that the evidence of your crime was faked and planted on your cell phone by your soon-to-be-ex-wife. This is the situation alleged by the husband (Habibion) in what may be the most tumultuous divorce of all time. Habibion is currently being accused of conspiring to export millions of dollars of electronic …

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 …

Colin Amos, Talks Prenups

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Most people either hear about prenuptial agreements from the celebrity gossip page or from the classic Seinfeld episode. On your first marriage, most people never think about getting this valuable protection. However, divorce is a great learning experience and you would be surprised how many people get a prenup for their second marriage. Recently, our managing attorney, Colin Amos, was on the radio to talk about Portland prenuptial agreements. He talks about when you need them, what protection they provide, and …

Welcome, Stephen Brown! – Portland Divorce Attorney and new addition to our Divorce for Men practice

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Goldberg Jones is excited to welcome its newest attorney – Stephen Brown. Steve comes to the firm with an impressive background in both civil litigation and family law.  He has handled a wide range of Portland family law cases from complex thirty-million-dollar high-asset divorces to international child-custody cases. “Steve is one of the most compassionate advocates I have had the pleasure of working with.  From the first meeting with Steve, his clients know they have …

Portland Divorce Attorney Colin Amos talks Parenting Plans and Child Custody on the Radio

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Portland Divorce Lawyer and managing attorney of Goldberg Jones, Colin Amos, talks about the holidays, child custody, divorce and parenting plans.  If your ex-spouse is causing you trouble this holiday, a good parenting plan can make your life much easier. We are the Portland law firm of Goldberg Jones, a dedicated group of divorce lawyers with decades of family law experience. It’s because of this extensive experience our family law lawyers have successfully represented thousands …

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Divorce Settlement – When to Fight

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Here in Portland, Divorce Lawyers have a multifaceted job. We are part advocate for the client and part scrivener (a fancy word document writer); but one of our most important jobs is to be a counselor and negotiator. As tempers flair and emotion starts to control your actions in a separation, it is our job to help cool you down and find the easiest, cheapest, and best path for your divorce. I read an interesting article in …

Criminalizing Poverty

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There was a very interesting article on MSNBC today about the problems that are faced by dads who lose their jobs. Many are stuck in the situation where they are unable to pay child support. After months of failing to pay, the court issues a warrant for their arrest. Many times these dads are thrown in jail without ever talking with a lawyer.   Thousands of so-called “deadbeat” parents are jailed each year in the …

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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 rights issue. When you think of the progress we’ve made in civil rights, men’s rights as it pertains to the family have been neglected […] …

What are Grounds for Divorce in Oregon?

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When you read about recent divorces, you often see that “irreconcilable differences” were the basis for the separation. The reason that you hear “irreconcilable differences” so frequently is that the term comes from the modern “no-fault” divorce code. Before the passage of the no-fault code, a divorce was only allowed when the parties could find a fault in the marriage such as abuse, adultery or infertility. However over the past 50 years, the laws across …