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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Oregon on
Q: Can my ex say I'm unfit in custody case cause I'm stay at home mother. I'm remarried and my husband has a great income

Being as I'm able to stay home and school our children would my husband income count as providing for my children. Or for custody would they go off just my income? I know with child support they go off just your income but what about custody and providing for your children when your remarried.... Read more »

Vincent J. Bernabei
Vincent J. Bernabei answered on Oct 16, 2020

One factor that a court may consider in deciding whether to modify child custody is whether a parent is able to provide a secure and stable environment for the children. Your current spouse's income, which allows you to be a stay-at-home mother to your children, could work to your advantage... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Social Security and Family Law for Oregon on
Q: Is it legal for my father’s wife to withhold my social security card?

I moved out of my fathers house to my mom’s when I was 15 and they now have split custody. I haven’t seen him in almost 3 years though because he and his wife are abusive. I am now 17 and I’m looking into getting a job, but I can’t do that without my social security card, and the office... Read more »

Kenneth Prigmore
Kenneth Prigmore answered on Oct 13, 2020

Your current legal guardian is the only person who has the right to hold a minor's Social Security card. Anyone else can get in trouble with the federal government for trying to hold on to it.

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce, Family Law, Child Custody and Child Support for Oregon on
Q: I want to have my kids more, but my wife refuses.

My wife and I are in getting divorced, neither has filed yet. The girls are with her the majority of the time as I work and she doesn't. I have them every other weekend and friday nights on the weekends I don't have them. I asked her if I could have them more and she refuses. She's... Read more »

Vincent J. Bernabei
Vincent J. Bernabei answered on Oct 8, 2020

The presumed amount of child support in Oregon is based upon the following variables.

1. Each parent's gross income (before tax). If a parent is unemployed or underemployed, the court will determine that parent's potential income or earning capacity based upon that...
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1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Custody for Oregon on
Q: Is it possible to file a parenting plan modification without an attorney in Oregon due to safety concerns

My ex and his girlfriend who he lives with are being investigated by CPS. There has been domestic violence in the home and heavy drinking. I want to know if there is a way to make it so they cannot stay overnight until this situation is resolved. The behavior has gotten worse and has been going on... Read more »

Jessica Larsen
Jessica Larsen answered on Sep 28, 2020

Yes, you can file for a parenting plan modification without an attorney. You will need to locate the forms for a Motion to Show Cause re: Modification of Parenting Time on the court website which you can fill out yourself. If you find them too difficult, you should retain an attorney to assist you.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Domestic Violence for Oregon on
Q: I am under adjust status currently with my pending Family-Based Application. My husband is quite not treating me right.

Since we got married on 2018, he is different when it comes to money. Not only that, but also with respect to me. We have a joint account and he gets all my salary. All of his salary only goes to his debt (which is still not fully paid till now). And now he got laid from his work since April 27 and... Read more »

Jessica Larsen
Jessica Larsen answered on Sep 25, 2020

Your question isn't clear from the facts you presented. There is no way you can force your husband to contribute in a more meaningful way to the household. You could seek a divorce, and a lawyer can help you do that.

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Oregon on
Q: Next Step in Child visitation Process

Mother of child took child and moved to Oregon. I am looking to prove paternity and request visitation rights (I currently reside in PA). What is my next step? I don't have any other information on their whereabouts other than currently residing in Oregon. Do I need a PA lawyer or an Oregon... Read more »

Jessica Larsen
Jessica Larsen answered on Sep 25, 2020

It is unclear whether you need an Oregon lawyer or a Pennsylvania lawyer. The state where you should litigate depends on how long the child has been out of the state. If it has been less than 6 months, you should speak with a Pennsylvania attorney, who would likely hire an Oregon private... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Oregon on
Q: Modifying spousal support in Oregon to indefinite.

I was divorced in 2015. We mutually agreed on spousal support for 5 years. I am permanently disabled under social security. I am seeking a modification to extend support indefinitely. Since my disability was not addressed in the initial divorce would that fall under a change in circumstance or... Read more »

Jessica Larsen
Jessica Larsen answered on Sep 25, 2020

Based on the facts you presented, it is unclear if you will be able to modify your spousal support. If you were disabled before the divorce and you agreed to 5 years of spousal support knowing you were disabled, you will likely not be able to change your spousal support. If, however, the disability... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Oregon on
Q: Son just turned 18 and is at basic for army. Will go to school for ROTC. Can we now pay him directly? Located in Oregon

Ex wife feels she is entitled to that money so we can to know our options

Jessica Larsen
Jessica Larsen answered on Sep 25, 2020

You should be able to pay support directly to your child. However, if you have an existing support order through the Department of Justice, you should make a request to the DOJ that you would like to change who your payments are made to, and the DOJ can make that change.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Child Support for Oregon on
Q: I am looking to change a child support claim, but the obligee currently resides in another state, what is the procedure?
Jessica Larsen
Jessica Larsen answered on Sep 25, 2020

If you have a current child support order in Oregon, you can work directly with the Department of Justice by making a written request, or you can motion the court for a modification.

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Oregon on
Q: The parenting plan says, “when the child is not attending school, follow the summer schedule” is distance learning

Considered attending school? Do we stay on the summer schedule or do we go back to the school schedule?

Jessica Larsen
Jessica Larsen answered on Sep 25, 2020

This is a difficult question to answer, because this situation has not been addressed by a court yet, due to the novelty of COVID. For the sake of stability of the children, I would be inclined to think a judge would require the parties to follow the school schedule, despite the distance learning,... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Oregon on
Q: May a minor with a custody agreement choose to live with only one parent? If so, at what age and what ORS governs this?
Jessica Larsen
Jessica Larsen answered on Sep 25, 2020

A minor that is the subject of a custody agreement may not decide for himself where to live until he turns 18. There are some ways to work around this, such as retaining a custody evaluator or having the court appoint an attorney to advocate for the children's interests. You should talk to a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody, Divorce and Family Law for Oregon on
Q: Wife asked for a divorce and said she was moving 90 miles away the same day. 3 year old will be in school in 2 years.

In early August my wife said she wanted a divorce and that she was moving 90 miles away within the week. She applied for a new job about the same time and interviewed the day after she told me she wanted a divorce. 7 days later she moved. There was not even enough time to petition for a divorce. We... Read more »

Jessica Larsen
Jessica Larsen answered on Sep 25, 2020

You have a couple of options here. Depending on how long ago this occurred, you may be able to file a motion for status quo to have the child returned to your custody. The court takes several factors into account when determining custody, hometown factors being one of them. You should contact an... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Animal / Dog Law, Domestic Violence and Family Law for Oregon on
Q: How do I revise a restraining order to gain custody of my dog who is registered in the county and chip in my name.

The individual has a current misdemeanor and pending indictment taking effect for felony strangulation, menace, assaultin 4th degree and harassment.

Kristina M. Bergsten
Kristina M. Bergsten answered on Jul 16, 2020

If the person who has your dog is the person who is restrained from contacting you, you will have to get in Touch with the prosecutor or your victim’s advocate To see if you can do a civil assist to get your dog back.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Small Claims for Oregon on
Q: I was awarded spousal support in my divorce. My ex suddenly stopped paying it. With limited resources, what can I do?

I have tried to reach out to him but he will not respond to my calls/texts/emails but I do know he is working. I don't live in the area where he resides and where our divorce took place either, so that makes it difficult as well. What can I do to compel him to pay the support that he owes? He... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Jun 19, 2020

This is really a matter best taken up with your divorce lawyer since they are the most familiar with all the details of your case. You likely have options such as asking the divorce court to find him in contempt of court (that usually gets results) for failing to pay per the court order; you can... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Landlord - Tenant for Oregon on
Q: I live in Brookings, Oregon. My brother his girlfriend and their child refuse to leave my home. How do I get them out?

Hello my name is Debra and I live in Brookings, Oregon and I have a huge problem with my brother, his girlfriend and their child living in my home.

Approximately 2 years ago my husband decided to leave me. He bought a van and left and he now lives in his van. I stayed at our home continuing... Read more »

Gregory L Abbott
Gregory L Abbott answered on Jun 3, 2020

Much depends upon the exact facts and details. IF there is a landlord-tenant relationship between you, you may be able to terminate their tenancy and evict them in court. The fact that they agreed to do repairs in exchange for being allowed to live there may (again, depending upon the exact... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Family Law for Oregon on
Q: Hello, My name is Madison and I am 17 y/o. I need help with legal questions about leaving my home as a minor.

My parents and I dont get along and we get in fights all the time. it doesnt feel like my house is my home anymore and I hate coming home.The other night my parents and I were in a fight and my step dad hit me in my face. I told my coworker about it and she said that I was able to come stay with... Read more »

Gabriel A Watson
Gabriel A Watson answered on May 15, 2020

What you are referring to is called "emancipation." In Oregon, you must be 16-years-old to be emancipated but there are additional factors to consider. If your "home" is violent and being there places you at risk of physical violence and harm, emancipation is something to... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law and Real Estate Law for Oregon on
Q: My spouse was awarded house in decree but owes a buyout. He no longer wants the house nor to do the buyout.

Over two years ago I was divorced and my spouse was awarded the house. He also had to give me a buyout. As part of the divorce decree I would be able to stay in the house for four years and at the end of those four years he would have to buy me out. He has since moved out of the house and has told... Read more »

Vincent J. Bernabei
Vincent J. Bernabei answered on May 12, 2020

Your understanding that you can't just change the property division in the divorce is correct. Instead of amending the decree, I recommend you enter into a new agreement to purchase the home from your former spouse, who is now the current owner of the home, in exchange for satisfying his... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Family Law for Oregon on
Q: 17 and a half years later a woman is saying that I am the father of her child. Can I sue for lost parenting time?

The child is almost an adult. I have never seen him. If she thought I was the father why didnt she tell me years ago?

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on May 2, 2020

I don't know of anyway to sue for this. I have no idea why she didn't tell you. You should ask her that. It may not be true. Keep in mind that being a parent would have obligated you to pay child support. It still can. In Oregon child support is until the child is age 21 if they... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Child Support, Family Law and Tax Law for Oregon on
Q: Can my boyfriend get child support payments paid directly to him since he is 18?

So general information:

My boyfriend is 18, and I am 19. We are both still enrolled in highschool.

My boyfriend gets child support payments from is adoptive/legal father, not his biological father. The child support payments are I believe, $300? But basically my boyfriend's... Read more »

Bruce Alexander Minnick
Bruce Alexander Minnick answered on Apr 29, 2020

Child support payments are for CHILD SUPPORT. That means they are paid to the person responsible for supporting the child, which is certainly not the child. In some cases the court allows the mother (or the father, sometimes) to continue receiving the child support for some period of time after... Read more »

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1 Answer | Asked in Tax Law, Family Law and Child Support for Oregon on
Q: My spouse claimed me and our two kids on taxes and stimulus payment then moved and kept all of our money. Is this legal?

He waited till he got all the money in his bank and moved in with his new girlfriend. Has not provided anything for me or house or children.

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Apr 21, 2020

Not sure I understand everything that is going on and you will probably have to have a one on one with a lawyer at some point to sort this out. Courts are pretty much close right now so you won't get a hearing any time soon to order him to pay support but the child support offices are... Read more »

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