Yearly Archives: 2012

New Case Law – No Substantial Change In Circumstance Where Income Increased by 4%

On April 4, 2012, the Oregon Court of Appeals decided Bock and Bock. This case was based on the mother’s motion to modify the child support provisions of a stipulated general judgment of dissolution. The mother alleged that, since the … Continue reading

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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 parties’ child. The trial court … Continue reading

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New Case Law – Modifications of Spousal Support

On March 28, 2012, the Oregon Court of Appeals decided Spillane and Spillane. In this case, the trial court had terminated the husband’s obligation to pay spousal support based on his declining health, and the wife appealed that decision. The … Continue reading

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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 of factors under ORS 107.137 … Continue reading

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New Case Law – “Just and Proper” Division of Separate Assets

On March 14, 2012, the Oregon Court of Appeals decided Wolfe and Wolfe. In this case, the wife appealed the trial court’s assignment of certain investment accounts to the husband as his separate property. The wife also appealed the duration … Continue reading

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New Case Law – Attorney Fee Awards in Family Law Cases

On January 25, 2012, the Oregon Court of Appeals decided Berry and Huffman. In this case, the former husband tried to modify his obligation to make payments under a stipulated judgment, and the former wife wished to enforce the terms … Continue reading

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New Case Law – “Just and Proper” Division of Marital Assets

On December 14, 2011, the Oregon Court of Appeals decided Hanscam and Hanscam. In this case, the wife appealed the trial court’s division of property. The property in dispute included a rental property the husband purchased prior to the marriage, … Continue reading

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Divorce and Social Security in 10 + year marriages

In meeting with divorcing Oregonians, I get a lot of questions about social security benefits as part of divorce.  Many people don’t know, but if you have been married for at least ten years with your “soon to be ex” … Continue reading

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Divorce and Smartphones

The Star Tribune ran an interesting article captioned “Divorce? Hide your smartphone.”  As an Oregon divorce lawyer, the article rang true to me about how much smartphone technology has made previously private conversations public and permanent. Smartphones, texts, Facebook, and GPS … Continue reading

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What To Do When Your Divorce Is This Weeks News

I get questions from potential and current clients about how to deal with the public knowledge (be it local media, your children’s school, your neighborhood or your friends) that you are going through a divorce. Continue reading

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