Category Archives: Settlement

Should I File For A Legal Separation?

I have had a lot of questions from potential divorce  clients contemplating divorce about whether a legal separation is a good alternative.   I previously blogged about the differences between an annulment, legal separation, and divorce.  Usually when a client asks … Continue reading

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Can The Divorce Court Make Me Pay For College?

As a divorce attorney in Portland, Oregon, we get a lot of questions about parent’s obligation for college expenses after a divorce. Can the court make me pay for college? Am I obligated to pay private school tuition? Will the … Continue reading

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Having An Attorney Appointed For Your Child During Divorce

As Portland Oregon divorce and family law lawyers, we get a lot of questions from clients about what voice children have in deciding where they live or a schedule. We previously blogged about a common myth that children could decide where … 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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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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New Case Law: Settlement on the record

Most family law cases settle without a trial. Courts encourage settlement of family law issues, and the legislature expressly provides that it is Oregon’s policy to “encourage the settlement of suits for marital annulment, dissolution or separation . . .” … Continue reading

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Martial Settlement Agreements – How to work things out before filing for divorce

I often have clients ask me how they can lock in an agreement with their spouse regarding how to divide up their assets in an impending divorce. Most times these clients have not yet filed for divorce. In such cases, … Continue reading

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Who gets to claim the child tax exemption?

Clients often come to me asking whether they or their ex-spouse/unmarried parent of their child can claim their joint child as a dependents for tax purposes and receive the dependent tax exemption. They often think that this is a decision … Continue reading

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Top 10 list: Top 10 questions to ask a divorce lawyer in the first consultation.

If you are contemplating divorce, you should consult with an experienced family law attorney. Once you set up a consultation, be prepared for the first meeting, and have a list of questions to ask the lawyer. The following questions should … Continue reading

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Tools to settle your case outside of court.

Good lawyers use tools other than the courtroom to get results for clients. A trial is one way to resolve your case, but not necessarily the best way. Good lawyers try to settle their cases after they have analyzed the … Continue reading

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