Category Archives: Myths

Divorce Myths: Transferring Property On Divorce Will Create Income Tax Liability

In talking to Oregonians as part of my divorce law practice, I realized there is a lot of misinformation out there surrounding taxes and divorce. One “Divorce Myth” we come across is that there will be income tax consequences for transferring property … Continue reading

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Oregon’s Parenting Policy

When consulting with Oregon parents about parenting time and parenting plans, I get lots of questions about what kind of parenting time a judge might order.  There is a lot of misinformation about what Judges do in setting or modifying … Continue reading

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At what age can a child decide custody/parenting time?

This is a trick question.  There is no age at which a child can make these decisions, until he/she turns 18 and the court no longer has jurisdiction over them. There are, however, a few methods by which a child … Continue reading

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Divorce Myth: Oregon has common law marriage

As divorce lawyers based in Portland, Oregon, we get a surprising number of questions about common law marriage. Common law marriage is where a legal marriage is created without a marriage license or marriage ceremony.  Usually the couple has to … Continue reading

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Divorce Myth: Remaining Jointly Liable for a Mortage Loan Will Prevent Me From Getting A New Mortgage

One “Divorce Myth” we come across is the belief that if a spouse cannot remove you from a mortgage loan at the time of divorce, it will prevent you from obtaining a new loan. This is a divorce myth because … Continue reading

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Facebook and Divorce

Time magazine ran an article on the use of social networking sites like Facebook in divorce cases. The article can be reviewed here. When going through a divorce or custody case it is very important to be careful about what … Continue reading

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Dissatisfaction With Property Distribution in the Current Economy

The New York Times published an article regarding a top London divorce attorney named Raymondy Tooth. The article describes how Mr. Tooth makes a living representing the wives of wealthy British men. The article describes a case in which Mr. … Continue reading

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The house is mine, or is it?

During initial consultations, a spouse often says to me “He/She signed the house over to me two years ago” or “The house is only in my name.” They expect that this means that they will be awarded the house free … Continue reading

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Modification of Spousal Support – Part 1 (a few thoughts)

Though my girlfriend might be insulted to discover that my attention can, in fact, be diverted from the madness of college hoops in March, that’s exactly what happened last Saturday as I watched A.J. Price drain his forth 3-pointer of … Continue reading

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Divorce Myth: The Police Will Enforce My Parenting Plan

One “Divorce Myth” we come across is the belief that the police or sheriff will help with parenting time and custody disputes.  We hear stories of parents who call the police if the other parent was late returning a child, only to be … Continue reading

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