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2 Answers | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Oregon on
Q: I have 50/50 custody of my children. Can I vaccinate my child without my ex's permission, consent or knowledge?
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Jessica Larsen answered on Feb 28, 2019

If you have joint legal custody of your children, legally you cannot make that decision without agreement from your ex. If you have sole legal custody of your children with 50/50 parenting time, you can make any major medical decisions without your ex. If your ex has sole legal custody and you... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Oregon on
Q: I'm 21 yrs old. How I can get the child support my father was court ordered to pay, but he did not?
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Jessica Larsen answered on Jan 31, 2019

You would want to follow up with the Oregon Department of Justice, Child Support Division. They handle most child support cases and can collect from the father. If that does not work, or the father is not ordered to pay through the Department of Justice, you would likely need to file a motion to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Oregon on
Q: How can I make my daughter laugh mother comply?

I have custody. Twice now my daughter has returned from her mother’s with head lice. I have told her what she needs to do take care of it and obviously hasn’t. What can I do to make her comply ? Also I told her my daughter will not go back until it’s taken care of , is that ok? She has my... Read more »

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Jessica Larsen answered on Jan 31, 2019

Your hands seem to be tied in this situation. You cannot force your daughter's mother to do anything, unless it is stated in the judgment/parenting plan. If your judgment states that the mother must keep a sanitary home, you could file a motion to enforce the judgment, but that is not standard... Read more »

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Q: my ex-husband signed and agreement to pay me 3500 dollars. He has done so. Is there anything I can do.

He signed an agreement to pay it in March of 2018. When every I say anything he just says he doesn't have it. He got everything in the divorce. We were married 37years

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Jessica Larsen answered on Dec 31, 2018

Depending on the terms of the written agreement, you may be able to take him to small claims court to enforce the contract. If the contract was not a part of your judgment of divorce, it is not a family law matter and must be handled independently. If the contract was made a part of your divorce... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Oregon on
Q: I don’t want my child around my ex’s abusive boyfriend. No custody agreement is in order, only verbal. What can I do?

My child’s mothers boyfriend is abusive and has been arrested for strangling her before. I don’t want my daughter growing up around him, but I don’t have any court custody agreement what so ever. Just verbal agreements. What can I do?

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Jessica Larsen answered on Dec 17, 2018

If no one has previously filed for custody, you may file a petition for custody with appropriate parenting time awarded to the other party. You can find pre-printed forms at the courthouse in your county. However, you should keep in mind that the court generally awards custody to the parent that... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Oregon on
Q: What do I get for the child support I pay to the other party?

My child is with me one day less than paid party every week. The other party being paid never sends any provisions a long(spare clothes, shoes, etc) most of the time i never get through on phone to talk to my child - no call backs or phones full of messages. My understanding is the party being paid... Read more »

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Jessica Larsen answered on Dec 17, 2018

You present a few issues here. The first and most relevant answer I can offer is that you get nothing for paying child support. The purpose of paying child support is to support your child on the days they are not with you. The paid parent may use the money as they see fit and do not have to offer... Read more »

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Q: I lost guardianship of child to my ex based on lies. How do I get a Family law hearing Jackson Co to present evidence?

My ex has manipulated the system with lies. I lost guardianship of my niece and I need a hearing to show evidence off all the lies and violations so I can see my daughter again. How do I get a hearing. I live in Washington and I need a hearing in Jackson County Oregon Family court.

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Jessica Larsen answered on Dec 17, 2018

I would need more information to fully answer your question, but assuming your ex obtained a signed order on a Motion to Show Cause, you have 30 days to respond or request a hearing. I would recommend consulting an attorney who practices in Jackson County to discuss your options more fully.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Oregon on
Q: I am curious as to when I should file for custody. When I'm stable or now

Father took away visitation without good cause. I am currently not in the best stable jousing situation. But i want to see my son

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Jessica Larsen answered on Nov 28, 2018

It depends largely on the situation. If you currently have a parenting plan and have established visitation, you can file a motion to enforce the judgment. This would allow the court to order the father to abide by the judgment and grant you your parenting time. If there is no judgment in place,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody, Child Support and Civil Litigation for Oregon on
Q: Can I deny court mandated visitations if I feel there's a threat of harm?

My 8 yr old daughter's father was in prison for 6 years for assault with a deadly weapon & strangulation of his pregnant (now ex) wife. He had not been in contact with my child for almost 7 years. He got out this year & came to Oregon to see her for a week. He convinced me & our daughter that he'd... Read more »

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Jessica Larsen answered on Nov 28, 2018

You can be held in contempt if you fail to abide by the parenting time established in your judgment. I think your best course of action if you believe your child is in danger is to file an immediate danger motion which could temporarily suspend parenting time until you are able to serve the other... Read more »

3 Answers | Asked in Domestic Violence and Family Law for Oregon on
Q: I violated a civil restraining order, I sent messages to my wife on Facebook.She is mentally ill /possible sociopath

My wife of 21 years started showing many antisocial symptoms after we had troubles ( only time in 21 years we have had a single argument or issue) she has revealed a huge amount of mental issues and began becoming aggressive and gaslighting type actions . She was able to obtain an order against me... Read more »

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Jessica Larsen answered on Nov 28, 2018

You must obey the restraining order. Contact of any type (including texts, Facebook messages, and contact through a third party) is a violation of the restraining order. She can report the violation to the police, and you could face jail time for contacting her.

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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Oregon on
Q: violating parenting plan, fraudulently collecting child support

I have paid child support for two years and we had a court ordered parenting plan with joint custody. She has blocked all contact with me, last i knew she put my daughter with her grandparents and has my son (collecting child support for both), but refuses to contact me or let me see either child.... Read more »

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Jessica Larsen answered on Oct 23, 2018

You want to file a Motion to Enforce the Parenting Plan. This will allow a judge to review your judgment and the evidence to determine if your ex violated the parenting plan. If the judge finds that she has, he can order her to resume contact and visitation. He can also require that the children... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Oregon on
Q: Can my ex's parenting time be revoked if he continues to forget to get our kid from school on time? This is 2x / 4 wks
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Jessica Larsen answered on Oct 3, 2018

It depends. If a consequence for forgetting the child is imposed in your parenting plan, that is enforceable. However, if the parenting plan does not provide a consequence, you cannot deny your ex his parenting time without consequence to yourself. Your only options in this matter are to file a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Oregon on
Q: Can you be charged with Sex Abuse 1 if all you did was lick a minors foot?

My son is in jail awaiting sentencing for Sex Abuse 1 in Oregon. All he did was lick her foot. Can that be considered Sex Abuse?

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Jessica Larsen answered on Oct 2, 2018

Under Oregon Revised Statute 163.427(1)(a), a person commits the crime of sexual abuse in the first degree when that person subjects another person to sexual contact and the victim is less than 14 years of age and the victim is subjected to forcible compulsion by the actor, or the victim is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Oregon on
Q: I am divorced from my wife after succumbing to addiction for the first 5 years of my sons life. Now 2 years sober.

While I was out of state completely neglecting my responsibilities as a father she filed for divorce and sole custody. The order says I need 1 year of sobriety and to start paying child support. I have hair follicles for 2 years but I can’t afford the max amount I was charged with for child... Read more »

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Jessica Larsen answered on Oct 2, 2018

You would need to file a Motion to Modify Child Support and Parenting Time. The court staff typically has self-serve packets that you can fill out and submit, or you can hire an attorney to start the process for you.

2 Answers | Asked in Criminal Law, Family Law and Child Custody for Oregon on
Q: Is anything stopping me from going home?

I'm under investigation as a "sexual offender" which is bogus, I haven't been charged in almost three weeks, the voluntary 10-day non-contact agreement DHS had me sign expired a week ago, no restraining order, but my wife got "emergency custody" due to the investigation, and I haven't been able to... Read more »

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Jessica Larsen answered on Oct 2, 2018

If you have criminal charges pending against you, you cannot have contact with the alleged victim due to an automatic no contact order that is imposed at the beginning of a criminal case. The house is still marital property, unless there was a legal separation or dissolution proceeding that... Read more »

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Q: My ex-wife says she’s going to get her new husband to adopt my son and has stopped my visitation rights

My ex-wife has called and said that I am no longer getting visitations with my son she is saying that my son is someone else’s child and that she’s going to adopt My son to her new husband who just last month , she had called and made me pick up my sons because her Was abusing her where do I go... Read more »

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Jessica Larsen answered on Jul 10, 2018

If you have a judgment with a parenting plan, you can file to enforce the parenting time order. If you were married when the children were born, or if you divorced and your children were born within 300 days of the termination, there is an automatic presumption that you are the father of your... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Oregon on
Q: Recieved a "Notice of registration of child custody determination" what does this mean?
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Jessica Larsen answered on Jun 29, 2018

Without seeing the paperwork you were sent, it sounds like the other parent of your child registered a past order or judgment determining custody with another state. This can be done for several reasons, including current or future enforcement of the child support determination. I am available if... Read more »

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Q: If an immediate danger order was vacated does that mean things go back to the way they were before it was signed

My son's father filed and mediate danger claim against me and one during the hearing the order was over was vacated by a different judge and I was to be able to get parenting time at my mother or sisters house regularly I ended up getting supervised visits at my sister's house for a while now there... Read more »

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Jessica Larsen answered on Jun 26, 2018

If the immediate danger order was vacated, the parenting plan that was in effect before the immediate danger order controls all future visitations, unless there is another judgment in place. I am available if you have further questions.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Oregon on
Q: Vacation pulled by ex-spouse

My ex-husband agreed to vacation time that would result in him not seeing his kids on his weekend. I have his agreement in writing. Now two days before the vacation he is now refusing me to take them. If I take my children on vacation after his refusal will I be in contempt of our court ordered... Read more »

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Jessica Larsen answered on Jun 26, 2018

If you have a parenting plan in place, and he agreed in writing to allow you to deviate from the agreement and take your children on vacation, you should not be held in contempt of your court ordered agreement. It is possible he will file contempt charges, but your defense is the writing that he... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Oregon on
Q: I have sole custody of my children, my ex has court ordered parenting time each week.

He informed that during his parenting time, he will be working open to close at his job. He is refusing to tell me how he plans to care for the children during that time. He claims it is his personal life and none of my business. Is he allowed legally to keep information regarding the care of my... Read more »

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Jessica Larsen answered on Jun 26, 2018

It depends on what is ordered in your parenting plan, which can be found in your judgment. If you filed a Basic Parenting Plan Form from the Oregon Judicial Branch, there is a generic statement under section 6.1, stating "each parent will make day-to-day decisions regarding the care and control of... Read more »

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