Category: Child Custody

October 19, 2016

Should I File For A Legal Separation?

I have had a lot of questions from potential divorce clients contemplating divorce about whether a legal separation is a good alternative.   I previously blogged about the differences between an annulment, legal separation, and…

April 30, 2015

Helping People During Divorce – Father and Daughter Reunited

I have previously blogged about my passion to help people through difficult divorce and custody cases.  I previously wrote about helping to reunite a father and his children, and helping get a fair property award…

July 23, 2014

Parenting Class Update For Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington County, Oregon

Updated Parenting Class Requirements for Multnomah, Clackamas, and Washington County, Oregon

March 30, 2012

New Case Law – Substantial Change of Circumstances Since the Last Custody Order

On March 28, 2012, the Oregon Court of Appeals decided Sconce and Sweet. In this case, the trial court granted the father’s 2010 motion for a change in custody, granting him sole custody of the…

March 29, 2012

New Case Law – Importance of the “Primary Caregiver” in Custody Determinations

On March 14, 2012, the Oregon Court of Appeals decided Nice v. Townley. In this case, the trial court awarded custody of the parties’ young son to the father. The trial court weighed a number…

July 21, 2011

Custody Evaluations In Divorce and Parenting Time Cases – An Overview

Many times, parents come to our office with custody and parenting time arrangements already resolved. Other times, parenting time issues can be resolved by the parties in county mediation. So what do you do if…

April 10, 2011

Do I Have The Right To Visit My Grandchildren? Oregon’s Third Party Custody Laws Part II

We previously blogged about grandparents and other third parties obtaining custody of children not legally their own.  A third party custody case is the most difficult type to pursue, because of the constitutional protections given…

March 24, 2011

Having An Attorney Appointed For Your Child During Divorce

As Portland Oregon divorce and family law lawyers, we get a lot of questions from clients about what voice children have in deciding where they live or a schedule. We previously blogged about a common myth…

February 26, 2011

Military Divorce Issues – Child Custody and Deployment

Defense Secretary Robert Gates reversed the Pentagon’s prior position and now supports legislation that would prevent service members from losing custody of children solely due to deployment.  Previously the Defense Department had not supported such…

February 23, 2011

New Case Law – Third Party Visitation

Oregon Court of Appeals in Digby and Meshishnek held that the trial court erred in awarding visitation on the basis of an ongoing personal relationship. The statutes defining “child-parent” relationship and “ongoing personal relationship” have separate requirements that must be shown by different burdens of proof, thus, an ongoing personal relationship is not “lesser included” within an allegation of a child-parent relationship.