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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law for Oregon on
Q: What should I bring to court to fight a post judgement status quo

My ex wife filed it because I took my child out of the daycare we used because I no longer needed it. We home school him now because it was technically a private school

Matthew Abts
Matthew Abts answered on Apr 2, 2012

Dear Questioner,

You're going to need to show that what you're doing is in the best interest of the child. This means presenting evidence to the court. A third-party neutral witness would be best, such as a teacher or someone else who can tell why your new situation is better.

If it's...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: My landlord demolished my home that i owned without my consent,when there was still my familys belonging in it.what todo

We moved from the property,,that had our home on it.In our name.we were told that nothing would happen to it,but after just a little bit ,my wife and 2 sons age 5 and 7,and myself went back to retrieve some of or things ,and there was a pile of debris where our house was...all kinds of presious... Read more »

Matthew Abts
Matthew Abts answered on Apr 2, 2012

Dear Questioner,

Wow, that's awful. Here in Oregon we have protections for renter's property within certain time limits. There are things your landlord had to do with your stuff that maybe wasn't done in your case.

We also often allow you to claim attorney's fees in court for these...
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1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law for Oregon on
Q: Can you refuse arbitration?
Matthew Abts
Matthew Abts answered on Apr 2, 2012

Dear Questioner,

First, it depends on whether you are dealing with court-ordered arbitration, or with arbitration in a contract of some sort.

Many contracts call for arbitration to resolve disputes. If your contract calls for it, it is mandatory if it is a well-written contract. If...
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1 Answer | Asked in Uncategorized for Oregon on
Q: Why is my husband being denied a lawyer?

My husband abscounded from parole 20 years ago because his life was in danger and the parole officer would do nothing. He moved to the next county and never got into trouble and turned self in and he is very sick. He was given a 60 day jail time for 1st sanction. They are having a hearing but when... Read more »

Matthew Abts
Matthew Abts answered on Apr 2, 2012

Dear Questioner,

This is not my specialty area, so I'm only going to give you a general understanding of some legal basics. You should call the Oregon Star Bar modest means programs for a referral to an affordable attorney (link below).

Unfortunately there is a difference between...
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