The end of a couple’s relationship is likely to have a substantial impact on their children. Parents are faced with concerns about how much time they get to spend with their children compared to the other parent. In such circumstances, you may be wondering whether your children are allowed to express their preferences in custody decisions such as where to
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.
Court Terminates Biological Mother’s Parental Rights, Allowing Step-Mother to Legally Adopt the Child
Issues surrounding the custody of minor children are very emotional and, as a result, often end in major disagreements between divorcing spouses. In a recent case before the Oregon Court of Appeals, the court affirmed the lower court’s order terminating the parental rights of a child’s mother and granting the child’s step-mother’s petition to adopt her. The Facts of the
In the United States, millions of minor children depend on their parents to provide food, clothing, shelter, healthcare, safety and guidance. They may live in different parental homes – some with married or cohabitating parents, others with single-parent living arrangements. According to the United States Census Bureau report for 2021, over 42 million children live with their married parents, and
A family consists of people related by blood, marriage and adoption. It also can include individuals so closely connected that they feel like family. Some families in the United States do not contain traditional family members. For decades, the conventional family was married parents and children of the marriage. In 2020, more than 1.6 million marriages occurred in the United States.
Society has phrases about the bond between children and their fathers, such as “daddy’s girl” and “like father, like son. Such sayings highlight that fathers play essential roles in their children’s lives. In some homes, dads contribute equally to parenting; sometimes, they are the sole parent. Times changed and shifted the belief that only mothers care for and raise children.
Child custody is a legal determination that one or both parents have the decision-making power and control over the care of their child., The issue of child custody arises in cases of legal separation, divorce, and unmarried parents. Custody cases can become a tug-of-war or competition between parents in which each one wants to win. Ultimately, the goal is establishing
The U.S. Supreme Court recently heard arguments in a case challenging provisions of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). If the Supreme Court decides to alter or reverse the ICWA’s terms, state-level laws in places like Oregon may offer added protections. The Case Before the Supreme Court In November 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments in Haaland v. Brackeen,
Every U.S. state requires child custody decisions to reflect a child’s best interests. However, it proposes some critical questions such as: What is an interest of a child? Where will the child live? How should the child be raised? Where should the child reside, and with whom? These questions can seem impossible to answer, mainly because they appear to be
In Oregon, the divorce process begins when one spouse files a petition for dissolution of marriage with the court in the county where either spouse lives. The filing party is the petitioner, and the other spouse is called the respondent. The petition must contain the names of all children: Born or adopted during the marriage; Conceived during the marriage but
While financial issues are important to many divorcing spouses, for couples with children, these issues often take a back seat to those related to child custody and support. In many Oregon divorces, the issues involving a couple’s children are the most hotly contested. Parents going through the divorce process must understand how Oregon courts make child custody and support determinations.