Author Archives: Shelley Mactyre

New Case Law: Custody and Adolescent Angst

On October 17, 2007, the Oregon Court of Appeals decided an interesting child custody modification issue in Connelly and Connelly, ____ Or App ____ (2007). When a custodial parent faces adolescent behavior problems, can he or she lose custody of … Continue reading

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New Resource for Divorcing Women

Check out the Modern Woman’s Divorce Guide for wonderful interviews with attorneys, articles, and resources!

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News: Britney loses temporary custody of children

We here at the Oregon Divorce Blog confess that we occasionally — OK, sometimes — follow the antics of celebrity disaster Britney Spears. It was our luck today, though, that Britney’s woes provided a window into the world of child … Continue reading

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New Case Law: A promise is a promise

Last month, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled an agreement to settle a case was binding under a very unusual set of circumstances. John and Diane Baldwin divorced in 1993. As part of the divorce, the court divided John’s PERS … Continue reading

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New Case Law: Satisfying the original purpose behind support, Part II

In a case decided the same day as Cheever, discussed below, the Court of Appeals determined that a support order should not be terminated — even after the remarriage of an ex-spouse — where the original purpose of the support … Continue reading

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New Case Law: Satisfying the original purpose behind support, Part I

Very often people expect that there is one hard-and-fast formula that courts apply to awarding spousal support in every case. While there are statutes that outline the factors that a court should look at when determining if spousal support is … Continue reading

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Common Divorce Myth: Courts Always Keep Kids Together

There is a fair amount of truth to this myth, actually. Placement of children in a dissolution action (and in any custody proceeding) is based on the “best interest of the child,” and often keeping siblings together does serve the … Continue reading

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Common Divorce Myth: You only get spousal support if you don’t have a job

Yesterday I stopped by the family law facilitation office at the Washington County Courthouse in Hillsboro.  The person I wanted to speak with there had a room full of people waiting to be helped, so I took the next number … Continue reading

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Filing costs for dissolution, custody, and other family law matters

Everyone wants to know how much their family law matter is going to cost. Your legal fees — well, that’s a matter between you and your attorney. Do you need a custody evaluation ? That requires a professional, and will … Continue reading

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Meeting your attorney for the first time

You’ve wondered if you should talk to a lawyer about getting a divorce, weighing if you’re ready to take the next step. You go back and forth, thinking maybe things will get better – but then they don’t improve. Maybe … Continue reading

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