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Should states make it harder to divorce?

Utah recently voted down a bill that would have created a state mandated barrier to divorce. Representatives killed HB290 , which would have required divorcing couples with children to take a “divorce orientation” class prior to filing. The class is … Continue reading

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Decluttering After The Divorce

I previously blogged about redecorating your house after a divorce, and one of the tips was to get rid of the joint property that had memories attached to it. But how to start getting rid of the property? Rather than … Continue reading

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New Case Law – Support Enforcement Division Does Not Have Authority to Modify Child Support While an Appeal is Pending

On August 31, 2011, the Oregon Court of Appeals decided Division of Family Support Unit v. Sullivan. This case deals with a parent’s ability to modify child support through the Support Enforcement Division while the divorce judgment is being appealed.  … Continue reading

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New Case Law – Fear of Imminent Bodily Injury Does Not Require Overt Threats or Physical Violence

On September 8, 2011, the Oregon Court of Appeals decided Hubbell v. Sanders. In this case, the victim was granted a restraining order against her ex-boyfriend due to his threatening behavior and stalking, including sending threatening text messages, lurking near … Continue reading

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New Case Law – Agreement Not To Modify Child Support Does Not Violate Law or Public Policy

On October 26, 2011, the Oregon Court of Appeals decided Matar and Harake. In this case, the parties signed a stipulated general judgment which awarded child support to Mother.  The judgment included a provision preventing either party from modifying child … Continue reading

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New Case Law – Stipulated Judgments are Enforceable as Long as They Do Not Violate Law or Public Policy

On August 31, 2011, the Oregon Court of Appeals decided Porter and Griffin. In this case, the Court of Appeals stated that the stipulated divorce judgment that the parties had agreed to in 2009 was enforceable even though it treated … Continue reading

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New Case Law – Definition of Abuse under Family Abuse Prevention Act

On August 10, 2011, the Oregon Court of Appeals decided Sacomano v. Burns. The Court of Appeals reversed the trial court’s decision to continue a restraining order after a hearing. The court found that, although the respondent had sent the … Continue reading

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News: Improvements to Multnomah County’s Family Court Services Website

Multnomah County’s Webmaster has updated the Family Court Services website to include new features, including: A streaming video captioned “An Introduction to Mediation” A link to research on parenting time and parental involvement. More community resources. Check out the revised … Continue reading

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New Case Law – Life Insurance Requirement in Judgment

On March 16, 2011, the Oregon Court Appeals issued and opinion in McIntire v. Lang.  The opinion can be read at http://www.publications.ojd.state.or.us/A141918.htm Petitioners appeal from a judgment of the probate court declaring that respondent’s claim against the estate of Heather … Continue reading

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Frequency of Prenuptial Agreements on the Rise

In the most recent ABA (American Bar Association) Journal there was an article on the use of prenuptial agreements.  The article noted that a survey of a majory family law attorney association revealed that 73 percent of lawyers in the … Continue reading

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