Family Law Resources


It’s hard to know where to start when you’re dealing with a draining family conflict. Below you can find useful articles and videos on subjects such as choosing the right lawyer, how to address substance abuse issues in a custody case, lowering your divorce costs and more.

Divorce

5 Things You Should Do Before You Meet With a Divorce Attorney

In addition to helping you decide whether or not to hire a particular attorney for your divorce or family law matter, the initial consultation sets the foundation for all other decisions and discussions in your case. What can you do to maximize the value of your initial consultation with a divorce attorney? Read on for five ideas.

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Should You or Your Spouse Move Out During the Divorce?

Once the decision to divorce has been made, it is only a matter of time until one or both spouses move out of the marital home. Indeed, most divorcing spouses are eager to separate as soon as possible. Unfortunately, the issue can be fairly complex. Below are some of the primary considerations that you should take into account before you

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How to Avoid Paying Too Much Alimony

How to Avoid Paying Too Much Alimony Alimony (known in Oregon as “spousal support”) is one of most contentious issues in divorce. Whenever there is a large discrepancy between the incomes of the spouses, there is a possibility of paying alimony. For many, paying alimony is unavoidable. Still, there are things that the primary earner can do to limit the

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How to Co-Parent when You Don’t Get Along with Your Ex

Co-parenting is the concept of shared parenting duties following separation or divorce. When both parents are capable, a robust co-parenting situation is ideal. Unfortunately, a healthy co-parenting relationship is not always within reach. In the majority of cases where co-parenting fails, the culprit is not a serious deficiency in one parent’s parenting skills but, instead, the conflict dynamic in and of

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Parenting Plan Modification 101

At the time of their separation or divorce, parents must work out not only a custody arrangement (i.e. who makes decisions with respect to school, medical treatment, etc.), but also a parenting plan. A parenting plan or visitation schedule is a written document detailing the residential schedule for the children. The plan includes the rules of engagement in terms of

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Changing Lawyers in the Middle of Your Divorce

Changing Lawyers in the Middle of Your Divorce: Is it the Right Thing to Do? Changing lawyers in the middle of your divorce or custody case is a major decision. In addition to the added costs of starting over with a new attorney, you sometimes run the risk of stigmatization. In particular, the best divorce or custody lawyers (who tend

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Is It Time to Ask the Court to Change Custody or Parenting Time?

While many child custody arrangements are the result of an agreement by parents, tensions often arise as parents try to implement their custody and parenting time plans. In some cases, family courts called upon after a divorce or custody case has been finalized to determine if a modified or entirely new plan is best for children. Custody vs. Parenting Time

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How Is Child Custody Determined in Oregon?

Among the many contentious issues in family law and divorce, it is child custody that is the most inflammatory. As a result, the family law attorneys at Gearing Rackner & McGrath receive more questions and inquiries on this issue than any other. Our clients with children always say the same thing: the kids are most important. These clients want to

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5 Things to Know About Spousal Support in Oregon

Spousal support in Oregon is money paid by one spouse to the other for the receiving spouse’s future benefit. State law controls the parameters and requirements of spousal support or alimony, so for Oregon residents, Oregon laws will be applicable to their divorce proceedings. What else should you know about spousal support if you or a loved one is considering

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6 Questions to Ask Your Family Law Attorney

6 Questions to Ask Your Family Law Attorney The attorney-client relationship for a family law matter begins with an initial consultation. This conversation sets the foundation for all other decisions and discussion about your case. Due to the gravity of this conversation, many family law firms in Oregon and Washington the initial consultation to be before any work is done on your

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