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 …

Divorce Forms & Filing: What To Know

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Filing for divorce can be a long, intricate process. There are hearings, mediation, meetings with attorneys, arbitration, custody disputes, division of property, and more. And then there are the divorce forms to contend with. We’re talking paperwork on top of paperwork. All of this can be overwhelming. On a basic …

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 advice. 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 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 come …

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Pet Custody & Divorce

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Many of us who own pets know that they are much more than just property. They may be valued members of our family and in some cases, even surrogate children. The law, however,  often views them as possessions and treated as such. That is changing, however. A recent case the …

6 Of Our Favorite Dad Blogs

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The internet is a wealth of information and resources. Whatever you’re looking for, you can find it online. Key to our interests, there are countless outlets for husbands and fathers to support one another, share tips, and offer insight into the art of fatherhood. Dad blogs run the gamut from …

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. All too often in situations where there are taut, strained …

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, you’re …

How Is Property Divided In Divorce?

How Is Property Divided In Divorce?

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Where you live can have a huge impact on your divorce as laws and regulations differ from state to state. For instance, Oregon has its own set of standards when it comes to property division that are different than its West Coast partners Washington and California. While those two are community …

4 Big Issues Men Face In Divorce

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Divorce is not easy for anyone. It may be the right choice, it may be what needs to happen, but that doesn’t make it simple or comfortable. Men and women face a number of different issues during the dissolution of a marriage, from the tangible, concrete, down and dirty details—things …

The Biology of Fatherhood

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The evolution of Fatherhood can be traced through changing attitudes and the societal norms of of a given historical period. From Victorian ideas of masculinity defined by a focus on work, and being the protector-provider,  to a more contemporary perspective of the father as a self defined, multifaceted role. This …

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Attorney Spotlight – Liam McGill

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Liam McGill grew up just outside Detroit in the state of Michigan. When he was younger he initially wanted to be a history teacher but was talked out of it. Feeling that law was a logical and more rewarding alternative, he eventually earned his Juris Doctorate at the University of …

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What Makes a Good Divorce Lawyer?

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What makes an attorney 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 Mockingbird”. Maybe your parents or grandparents liked to watch “Matlock”, “Perry Mason” or enjoyed Paul Newman in “The Verdict” and Jimmy …

Community Property vs. Equitable Distribution

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So you’ve reached the point in your relationship where the misery of going through with a divorce is far outweighed by the misery of staying in the marriage. Let’s not gloss over the significance of this realization. Everyone who’s been through it including the lawyers who have represented them will …

Divorce Health Insurance

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How many of you reading this are trained project managers? For those of you that are, you know that when planning a project, a crucial step is to identify all contingencies and factors that could impact a successful outcome/smooth transition or implementation. It’s an exhaustive process requiring extreme focus and …

Does Where You File for Divorce Matter?

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There are so many things to think about when making the tough decision to call it quits with your marriage. A telling statement about the emotions and strain that accompany a divorce is that many people who have gotten out of marriages that would be considered bad by anyone’s estimation …

Divorce Selfies

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The “selfie” has become ubiquitous part of pop culture. It has become so pervasive that it has spawned a category of accessories (the selfie-stick) and sub-genres including “the gym selfie”, “the car selfie”, and now  “divorce selfies”.  There has been speculation that the rise of the selfie is a by-product …

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 …

Sherri Shepherd Baby Drama

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  TV personality Sherri Shepherd has been making headlines regarding a recent ruling in custody case. The Sherri Shepherd decision, issued in April by a Pennsylvania Judge, is just one of three cases that have been brought in regards to the dissolution of Shepherd and Sally’s marriage. While Goldberg Jones …

Derek Fisher Divorce

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  According to online reports, Knick’s coach Derek Fisher has filed for divorce from his wife of ten years. While we do not have any involvement in this case, it has raised some interesting questions regarding the warning signs that may indicate a marriage is headed for dissolution. TMZ Sports …

UPDATED: Spousal Support: What is Galimony?

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UPDATE: The sweeping new tax plan Congress passed at the end of 2017 will impact almost everyone. This includes changes to divorce settlements, specifically those involving spousal support. Beginning January 1, 2019, on new court orders that include spousal support provisions, the party paying spousal support will no longer be …

After the Divorce: Updating Important Documents

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Changing Information on Important Documents after a Divorce If there is anything that is strongly advised by a lawyer; it is to update any shared important documents between you and your ex-spouse. It is common to get caught up in the emotional stress that comes with divorce, but there are …

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 …

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3 Major Factors That Impact 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.  Let’s break those down. Conflict There is …

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 …

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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, …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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What is a Divorce Deposition?

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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 case. They are used for discovery in almost all areas of law where a transcript of testimony is necessary. What is …

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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. …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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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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 …

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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 …

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How to Ask For A Divorce

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This post has been updated. 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. Asking for …

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

Dissolving a Domestic Partnership

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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. Scenario 1: The first question he tackled: “My girlfriend and I are breaking up. We have been together …

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 …

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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 …