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Facing a Separation – Do I Need a Lawyer?

When relationships become difficult, perhaps unmanageable, and the partners decide to separate, the question of a lawyer often arises. It may seem adversarial to seek counsel, but there are reasons to discuss your case with a divorce attorney. You may be surprised to find that discussing your case with an attorney can not only protect […]

August 20th, 2015|

Can I get a do-over? Modifiable and non-modifiable terms of a dissolution judgment

Our clients often come back to us after their divorce is final to ask for help with emerging situations they couldn’t have anticipated at the time they signed their Judgment of Dissolution.  In this economy, jobs can appear and disappear quickly.  Children get older, and their needs change.  People face unforeseen medical problems which cause […]

June 3rd, 2015|

Real Estate and Divorce in Oregon, Part 3: Post-Judgment Transactions and Collateral Issues

Earlier this month, I made a presentation to a group of local real estate agents about some of the legal issues surrounding real estate transactions involved with divorces.  What follows is the final third of a set of notes I wrote for the presentation handout, offered here because the information is as important for the owners […]

April 28th, 2015|

Real Estate Sales and Divorce in Oregon, Part 2: During the Divorce

Earlier this month, I made a presentation to a group of local real estate agents about some of the legal issues surrounding real estate transactions involved with divorces.  What follows is the second third of a set of notes I wrote for the presentation handout, offered here because the information is as important for the owners as […]

April 20th, 2015|

Real Estate Sales and Divorce in Oregon, Part 1: Underlying Issues and Pre-Divorce Transactions

Earlier this month, I made a presentation to a group of local real estate agents about some of the legal issues surrounding real estate transactions involved with divorces.  What follows is the first third of a set of notes I wrote for the presentation handout, offered here because the information is as important for the owners […]

April 13th, 2015|

Collaborative Divorce and Hyper-Marketing

Recently, there has been an upswell of marketing activity by firms that promise “less expensive,” “collaborative,” and even “friendly” divorces. Many are coming into Oregon from out of state. One California company claims to have a tech platform that can “make every divorce amicable.” This is both misleading and unrealistic.

No two divorces are alike; each […]

February 4th, 2015|

Timing Your Divorce

Deciding when to move forward with a dissolution or legal separation is very personal. It is common for clients to consult with an attorney but hold off filing until “the time is right.” Often there are concerns about the impact on the children, obtaining employment, or relocation.

We never pressure anyone to file for […]

December 15th, 2014|

Multnomah County Goes to “eCourt”

Multnomah County is the latest Oregon Circuit Court to move from a paper-based system to one that is essentially electronic. All filing done December 1, 2014, or later must be dome electronically. In addition, virtual “eFiles” will be circulated in the courthouse, allowing more efficient document processing.

Sophisticated security and failsafe systems have been installed to […]

December 2nd, 2014|

New Stalking Decision Defines Proof Requirements

On April 23, 2014 the Oregon Court of Appeals filed an opinion in C.J.L. v. Langford, Slip Op A149753, which dealt with sufficiency of evidence in a Stalking Protective Order (SPO) case. The court continued a trend in tightening the standard of proof when stalking was speech-based, possibly infringing on the First Amendment. In striking […]

April 28th, 2014|