Children are the most important part of your life and decisions made in family court have lasting impact. Dennis Law can secure child custody or visitation whether you were married or not.
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Custody is the legal right and responsibility to provide the primary care for a child under 18. Even if a parent does not have custody they still have a right to see their children. Custody is largely the right to pick a school, make religious decisions and make major medical decisions. The custodial parent also receives any child support payments.
In determining custody of a child, the court’s primary consideration is “the best interests and welfare of the child.” In practice this means considering your family history, time available to parent, the existing relationship with the child and the willingness to let your child see both parents. Child custody is complex and long-lasting. Call us to make sure your goals are understood.
Yes, joint custody is an option. However, joint custody must be specially negotiated. Call today to understand your option and secure the best arrangement for your family.
Yes, you have a right to "parenting time" (also called "visitation"). In Oregon, “frequent and continuing contact with parents who have shown the ability to act in the best interests of the child,” and parents are encouraged “to share in the rights and responsibilities of raising their children.” ORS 107.101(1)–(2).
It is your family, you have rights. Noncustodial parents are still given parenting time and all the same rights to consult with the child’s medical providers, receive medical or school records, or make emergency medical decisions. Also, custody orders are subject to change.
No. If you are a parent you have rights. Marriage is irrelevant. Depending on your situation, either a custody or paternity case provides unmarried parents the same rights and obligations as married parents.
Yes. Child custody & visitation determinations can be modified any time there is a significant change in circumstances. However, one parent cannot change the terms without the agreement of the other parent or an order by the Court. Call to better understand how the law applies to your individual case.
We handle all type of divorce (a/k/a dissolution) including contested asset division and contested custody. The Dennis Law firm can secure your interests and simply your life.
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Divorce is the process of permanently ending a marriage. Divorce can also include determining child custody and dividing assets.
Separation is a legal process for married people living apart. Separation can include determining spousal support, child custody and/or child support. To file for separation, you must be married and living apart.
You must live in Oregon and you must want to permanently end your marriage.
To file a petition for divorce, Oregon requires at least six months’ residency for at least one spouse. However, to file a petition for legal separation, Oregon requires that only domicile in this state at the time the suit is commenced.
No. Oregon permits no fault divorce, and your spouse does not have to consent.
Yes, Oregon allows joint divorce. Call us today to better understand the benefits & implications of uncontested divorce.
No two cases are the same. The cost depends largely on if you and your future-ex agree and whether you have children under the age of 18. The Dennis Law firm offers flat fee and hourly options. Call us today for a detailed explanation of how this applies in your individual case.
Your case is important and upsetting. A lawyer is not required but can improve results and alleviate some of the fear the legal process produces.
The process of dividing property and debts from your marriage. Once finalized an asset division cannot be modified. It is important to insure your case in handle properly the first time.
Child and spousal support (also known as alimony) is often contested. Remember, child support is owed whether you were married or not. Support awards are also subject to change.
If you have questions securing or modifying support, call.
Child support is money one parent pays the other parent or guardian (or sometimes the State) to provide for the needs of a child.
Oregon has guidelines that consider income and spousal support, parenting time percentage (how much time the child/ren spend with each parent), health insurance, childcare costs and other case specific factors.
Alimony, spousal support and partner support are all the same. Whether spousal support is awarded depends on the length of marriage, relative income, health, age, lifestyle and other factors. Spousal support is not awarded in every case.
Yes award can change when circumstances change. However, one parent cannot change the terms without the agreement of the other parent or an order by the Court.