Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

What is Oregon mediation in the context of family law?
Oregon mediation is a cooperative, problem-solving process in which a neutral third-party mediator helps divorcing or separating couples reach mutually satisfying agreements on issues such as child custody, parenting time, spousal support, and property division. Mediation allows parties to maintain control over their own decisions and outcomes rather than having them imposed by the court.
How can I find an attorney offering Oregon Unbundled Services?
Search for family law or divorce attorneys in Oregon who specialize in limited scope representation or advertise unbundled services. Be sure to consult with multiple attorneys to find the best fit for your case and needs.
Do I need an attorney for my Oregon divorce?
While it is not required to have an attorney during your divorce process in Oregon, having legal representation can be beneficial as they will ensure your best interests are protected and guide you through complex legal processes involved in matters like property division, child custody arrangements, and spousal support.
What is a legal marital separation in Oregon?
A legal marital separation in Oregon is a court-approved agreement between spouses to live apart while remaining legally married. It establishes each party's rights and responsibilities regarding property, debts, and child custody. The spouses can negotiate the terms of their separation and submit it to the court for approval. This differs from a divorce, where the marriage is formally terminated.
How do I find a qualified mediator?
To find a qualified mediator in Oregon, you can search online directories or ask your family law attorney for recommendations. Additionally, some court systems maintain a list of approved mediators who specialize in family law matters.
What is an Oregon Divorce Settlement Agreement?
An Oregon Divorce Settlement Agreement is a legally binding contract between spouses detailing the terms of their divorce, such as division of assets, child custody, and spousal support. It must be agreed upon by both parties and approved by the court.
What are the main components of an Oregon Divorce Settlement Agreement?
An Oregon Divorce Settlement Agreement includes provisions on division of assets and debts, spousal support, child custody and parenting time, and child support. Both parties must agree on the terms before submitting the agreement to the court for approval.
What factors does an Oregon family law judge consider when deciding whether to grant a modification?
Oregon judges consider several factors when evaluating requests for modifications including: any major changes since previous order; stability of both households; each parent’s ability and willingness to care for their children; emotional ties between children and parents; any history of abuse or neglect; preferences of children (if they’re old enough); and any other relevant factors.
How is child custody determined in Oregon?
Child custody decisions are based on the statutory requirements listed at ORS 107.137. These requirements include the best interests of the child, considering factors like emotional bonds with parents and siblings, abuse by one parent, stability of home environment, and each parent's ability to meet the child's needs.
How does legal marital separation affect child custody arrangements?
During an Oregon legal marital separation, child custody arrangements must be negotiated between both parties and approved by the court. This includes decisions on physical custody (where the children will live), legal custody (decision-making authority), visitation schedules, and any necessary support payments.

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From dividing assets and debts, to support and child custody, we have you covered.

Oregon Family Law

Family law is more than divorce. It is an umbrella of practice areas.

Spousal Support (Alimony)

A lot goes into figuring out spousal support. We've done it all before.

Child Relocation

Moving a child away from a parent is always difficult. Let us help with the law.

Child Custody

Custody is one of the most contested and least-understood parts of family law.

Child Custody Modification

Sometimes a change in circumstances warrants a change in custody.

Uncontested Divorce

Sometimes there's no dispute, you just need somebody to draft the right documents.

Child Support

Oregon takes child support seriously, and we can help you navigate the process.

Child Support Modification

Learn about when Oregon child support can be modified.

Unbundled Services

When there's only select things you need legal help with, we offer "unbundled" services.

Grandparent Rights

Grandparents and other third parties can develop rights to see children under Oregon law. Let's discuss your circumstances.

High Asset Divorce

More assets generally means more complicated divorces. We have the experience to assist with all levels of estate.

Legal Marital Separation

Sometimes divorce is not the right choice under certain circumstances. A legal separation might be.


Mediation can be a great way to resolve disputes without a trial or courts.


Becoming legally responsible as a father requires establishing paternity. We can help.

Prenuptial Agreements

Like estate planning, financial clairity prior to marriage builds trust. Let us assist with your plan.

Spousal Support Modification

Times change, jobs change, circumstances change. Spousal support can too.

Restraining Orders

Restraining orders provide a fast means to get help for domestic violence in families.

Stalking Orders

Oregon stalking orders are serious business. If you need help with Oregon stalking law, we have experience.

Divorce Settlement Agreements

Sometimes the best outcome is the one you design yourself. We can help your create a binding agreement.

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