Close

Home

PUTTING CLIENTS FIRST

Gearing, Rackner & McGrath, LLP is a family law firm serving Oregon and Washington. We are dedicated to helping our clients through challenging and often emotional transitions. Our attorneys share a commitment to earn the trust of our clients by providing strong advocacy and impeccable service. We do everything possible to ensure that our clients are in the strongest position to negotiate a settlement or prevail at trial.

Our attorneys are recognized and respected practitioners in the field of family law. We are honored to have been on the Super Lawyers “Top 50” list for the last 10 years and to have received an “AV Preeminent” rating by Martindale Hubbell peer review organization. The “AV Preeminent” rating is the highest distinction awarded to law practices and signifies the highest level of professional excellence for legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.

Our attorneys have extensive experience in all areas of family law, including: dissolution of marriage; legal separation and annulment; trial or hearing of contested proceedings; mediation and collaborative representation; ordinary and complex property distributions; child custody and parenting time; child support and spousal support; modifications of existing court orders; prenuptial and postnuptial agreements; domestic partnership and cohabitation agreements; relocation; restraining orders and anti-stalking orders; paternity proceedings; grandparent and third party rights related to children; enforcement of settlement agreements and judgments; and appeals. Learn more about our services by visiting the Family Law Services page.

PUTTING CLIENTS FIRST

Gearing, Rackner & McGrath, LLP is a family law firm serving Oregon and Washington. We are dedicated to helping our clients through challenging and often emotional transitions. Our attorneys share a commitment to earn the trust of our clients by providing strong advocacy and impeccable service. We do everything possible to ensure that our clients are in the strongest position to negotiate a settlement or prevail at trial.

Our attorneys are recognized and respected practitioners in the field of family law. We are honored to have been on the Super Lawyers “Top 50” list for the last 10 years and to have received an “AV Preeminent” rating by Martindale Hubbell peer review organization. The “AV Preeminent” rating is the highest distinction awarded to law practices and signifies the highest level of professional excellence for legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.

Our attorneys have extensive experience in all areas of family law, including: dissolution of marriage; legal separation and annulment; trial or hearing of contested proceedings; mediation and collaborative representation; ordinary and complex property distributions; child custody and parenting time; child support and spousal support; modifications of existing court orders; prenuptial and postnuptial agreements; domestic partnership and cohabitation agreements; relocation; restraining orders and anti-stalking orders; paternity proceedings; grandparent and third party rights related to children; enforcement of settlement agreements and judgments; and appeals. Learn more about our services by visiting the Family Law Services page.

FAMILY LAW SERVICES

FAMILY LAW SERVICES

Gearing, Rackner & McGrath has extensive experience in all areas of family law, including, but not limited to the following areas. Click on each subject header for more information.

Child custody matters are technically divided into two separate legal components:
  1. Legal custody, or decision-making authority, and…
  2. Physical custody, often referred to as “residential” custody, parenting time, placement, or visitation.
The best interests of the child are paramount in determination of both legal custody and physical custody.

Learn more

Under the law, parents are responsible to provide financial support, known as child support, for their children until age 18 and in some circumstances child support can continue into early adulthood.

Learn more

The Collaborative Process is conflict resolution process in which the participants commit to an out-of-court resolution.  The goals of the Collaborative Process are to help the couple define and implement the settlement that best meets the needs of their family, and to help the parties learn new skills for more effective communication, conflict resolution and post-divorce co-parenting.

Learn More

Depending on your circumstances, your lawyer will guide you through the processes of division of property and debts, an award of spousal support and/or child support, and provisions for child custody and parenting time.

Learn More

Local laws related to domestic partnerships continue to evolve and there is now recognition of and legal protection for registered relationships.

Learn More

Grandparents and other third parties have their own options from seeking full legal custody to simply guaranteeing contact and communication with the child.

Learn More

There are different legal requirements needed to receive an annulment of your marriage, although the outcome can be very similar to a divorce. Likewise, the conditions of a legal separation often resemble a divorce, with the key distinction that a legal separation does not officially end the marital relationship.

Learn More

In some cases an existing court order can be changed, these are called modifications of existing court orders.

Learn More

In some situations paternity proceedings are necessary to establish a legal relationship between a parent and child. Paternity can be established through an agreement between the parents, through blood or DNA testing, or through a court ruling.

Learn More

A prenuptial agreement or “prenup” is a contract signed by you and your spouse before you are married and us intended to protect your financial interest. It is possible to do after you are married and, in this case, is called a postnuptial agreement.

Learn More

A postnuptial agreement is similar to a prenuptial agreement except it is signed after a couple is married.

Learn More

When a parent moves a long distance a relocation lawyer works to ensure children continue relationships with both parents.

Learn More

If you have been the victim of domestic violence or abuse by a partner or relative, the law allows for immediate protective measures to ensure your safety and, in some cases, the safety of any joint minor children. In other circumstances that do not include physical acts of violence, a person may still be entitled to a restraining order to prevent unwanted contact or harassment (an “anti-stalking” order).

Learn More

Spousal support or spousal maintenance can be awarded as a component of a dissolution, legal separation, or annulment of a marriage. Support can also be awarded in certain circumstances involving the termination of a domestic partnership.

Learn More

Gearing, Rackner & McGrath has extensive experience in all areas of family law, including, but not limited to the following areas. Click on each subject header for more information.

Child custody matters are technically divided into two separate legal components:

  1. Legal custody, or decision-making authority, and…
  2. Physical custody, often referred to as “residential” custody, parenting time, placement, or visitation.

The best interests of the child are paramount in determination of both legal custody and physical custody.

Learn more

Under the law, parents are responsible to provide financial support, known as child support, for their children until age 18 and in some circumstances child support can continue into early adulthood.

Learn more

The Collaborative Process is conflict resolution process in which the participants commit to an out-of-court resolution.  The goals of the Collaborative Process are to help the couple define and implement the settlement that best meets the needs of their family, and to help the parties learn new skills for more effective communication, conflict resolution and post-divorce co-parenting.

Learn More

Depending on your circumstances, your lawyer will guide you through the processes of division of property and debts, an award of spousal support and/or child support, and provisions for child custody and parenting time.

Learn More

Local laws related to domestic partnerships continue to evolve and there is now recognition of and legal protection for registered relationships.

Learn More

Grandparents and other third parties have their own options from seeking full legal custody to simply guaranteeing contact and communication with the child.

Learn More

There are different legal requirements needed to receive an annulment of your marriage, although the outcome can be very similar to a divorce. Likewise, the conditions of a legal separation often resemble a divorce, with the key distinction that a legal separation does not officially end the marital relationship.

Learn More

In some cases an existing court order can be changed, these are called modifications of existing court orders.

Learn More

In some situations paternity proceedings are necessary to establish a legal relationship between a parent and child. Paternity can be established through an agreement between the parents, through blood or DNA testing, or through a court ruling.

Learn More

A prenuptial agreement or “prenup” is a contract signed by you and your spouse before you are married and us intended to protect your financial interest. It is possible to do after you are married and, in this case, is called a postnuptial agreement.

Learn More

A postnuptial agreement is similar to a prenuptial agreement except it is signed after a couple is married.

Learn More

When a parent moves a long distance a relocation lawyer works to ensure children continue relationships with both parents.

Learn More

If you have been the victim of domestic violence or abuse by a partner or relative, the law allows for immediate protective measures to ensure your safety and, in some cases, the safety of any joint minor children. In other circumstances that do not include physical acts of violence, a person may still be entitled to a restraining order to prevent unwanted contact or harassment (an “anti-stalking” order).

Learn More

Spousal support or spousal maintenance can be awarded as a component of a dissolution, legal separation, or annulment of a marriage. Support can also be awarded in certain circumstances involving the termination of a domestic partnership.

Learn More