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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Real Estate Law for Oregon on
Q: I am getting a divorce. The house belongs to her but is being transferred to me. How does this work?

If the home and all assets on it are going to me, but the loan is in her name, how does this work? Do I need to "purchase" it (even though the assets being put into the house are mine and already built into the house?) Or would it considered a refinance under another name? To confuse... Read more »

Maurice Mandel II
Maurice Mandel II answered on Jul 5, 2020

This question goes across several aspects of law, as you noted when you classified it, Divorce, Real estate and Financing. You REALLY need to contact a local attorney (suggest Family Law/Divorce) to discuss what documents need to be drawn up and whether the bank needs to be made a party to the... Read more »

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 Divorce for Oregon on
Q: We are doing our own divorce paperwork in OR.He prenupped the farm.I've lived/helped 13 yrs.Do I get anything from that?

We signed a prenup that he keeps the farm should we divorce. Now I have to move because it's his. We tried to split up other property fairly. He counted the money he had and I had before marriage as owed to him on his side since he had more. Wondering if I am missing $ in equity somehow or he... Read more »

Vincent J. Bernabei
Vincent J. Bernabei answered on May 26, 2020

If the prenuptial agreement is a valid contract, then the divorce court will most likely approve it. There are many factors that must be considered in determining whether the prenuptial agreement is a valid contract. Factors include whether there was a full disclosure of all material facts... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Oregon on
Q: I am currently going through a divorce, and have a restraining order filed on me since November for false accusations.

We also have two children that I have not seen since November. We agreed on a parenting plan in court, and than I found out dhs and liberty house were investigating, I was told if there was no fault, visitation would begin in January. DHS finally called me last month and said there was no fault,... Read more »

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Apr 6, 2020

You will need to contact an Attorney directly and ask for assistance. Justia only offers you the chance to ask questions and meet Attorneys who have profiles on Justia. Sadly the courts have very limited services and are not setting trials until the emergency pandemic orders have lifted. Most... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Child Custody for Oregon on
Q: My nephew is still married but doesn't live in the house anymore because his wife was beating him up. He did not call p

He has not charged her. Now she is keeping the kids from him. There is no custody order and he believes the kids are not in a safe place. If he gets visitation, does he have to return them?

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Apr 5, 2020

An Attorney cannot practice law by proxy. This is your nephew's issue and he needs to be the one to contact an Attorney for advice. Often people in frustrating situations will tell friends and relatives a very biased version of the facts because they are seeking sympathy and validation, not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Immigration Law for Oregon on
Q: Married to a US citizen for 21 years. I have a GC. Can I divorce and stay as a perm. res. w/o becoming a citizen?

I am married to an abusive man and have been for 21 years. He got me my green card. I have 2 adult children who are citizens. I work and have never broken the law. I want to stay in the US but divorce this man. I do not want to become a citizen. Is it possible for me to divorce him and maintain... Read more »

Adan Vega
Adan Vega answered on Mar 16, 2020

Your permanent resident status that has been issued to you will not end if you are granted a divorce from your U.S. citizen. You have been married for 21 years and you can provide proof of your bona fide marital relationship if your marriage is ever questioned by USCIS.

You also are not...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Family Law and Domestic Violence for Oregon on
Q: How can my daughter ask to use her toy hauler from husband if they have a no contact

My daughter filed divorce and restraining order her husband has possession of a camp trailer the purchased that shows her as the buyer on bill of sale she wants to use the trailer but she has no idea where he has stashed it how can she go about recovery of this she has it in divorce papers as an... Read more »

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Mar 10, 2020

Look, getting away from a domestic violence is far more important than a toy hauler. She should research the value, and ask the court to include the value in the division of assets. The court then tries to divide the property equally and can award money or physical property. The path of least... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Child Custody and Divorce for Oregon on
Q: My wife left me and my son a few months into our marriage but she won’t sign the divorce papers how can I get divorced

I also have our son (3) and have been taking care of him full time and want custody but I’m not on the birth certificate due to emergencies in the hospital, our son was flighted and my wife couldn’t go so I went with him and missed signing it how can I get full custody. She’s been gone and... Read more »

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Feb 21, 2020

I think there is a presumption that you are the legal father since you were married to the mother. You can probably file for a divorce and include allegations to establish your paternity as well. It's a bit tricky and the on line forms probably aren't set up to do this, so get an... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce and Family Law for Oregon on
Q: I am a low income mom looking for a divorce lawyer that will help me for free. Thank you
Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Feb 5, 2020

Unfortunately the availability of free or low income legal services in Oregon are scarce. You can call Legal Aid (LASO) but they only take a certain type of cases so they are very limited. https://oregonlawhelp.org//resource/oregon-legal-aid-offices

The Oregon State Bar offers Lawyer...
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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Oregon on
Q: Can my ex wife go after me for money even though we’ve been divorced for 3 years?
Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Feb 3, 2020

It depends. Once a divorce is final as to property it can't be re-litigated. Spousal support has to be awarded in the original divorce or it can't be requested later. If spousal support is in the initial divorce, then a proceeding can be filed to amend or extend it so long as it is... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce, Child Custody and Juvenile Law for Oregon on
Q: Can a noncustodial parent sign dmv forms for my 16 y/o stepson to get his driver's license in Oregon?
Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Jan 19, 2020

You will need to ask he DMV. But you are a step parent and not either a custodial or non-custodial parent. To save on being hassled just have one of his parents go with him. I don't think DMV cares who has legal custody.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Oregon on
Q: I'm in oregon Does an argument constitute as a hostile living environment?

So my wife came in and demanded our kids car seats. She was taking the girls but likes to inform me at the moment she leaves instead of talking about it ahead of time so we both know. I said why where are you going? She said that's none of your business she then got pissy and said go get the... Read more »

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Jan 6, 2020

You are describing a domestic argument with your spouse not a legal question. Sounds like your marriage could benefit from marriage counseling. If you and your wife end up getting a divorce, then you will have legal issues and you will need to contact a lawyer.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Oregon on
Q: So responded to a petition for dissolution of marriage I got my daughter's birth years wrong.

Can I make a quick fix do I have to have it amended?

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Jan 3, 2020

It says that you are in Seattle. Is this case in Oregon or Washington? Is the other side represented by counsel? The technical way to do this in Oregon Courts is to file an amended version after getting permission to the other side. But frankly, although not technically correct, I don't... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Oregon on
Q: In oregon, how do we do the parental time if I will be moving out but can only afford to rent a room not an apartment

so I couldn't have the kids overnight until I can later find a suitable place to do that in the future. When I find a suitable I want them to stay with me perhaps 35 percent or so of the total time.

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Dec 28, 2019

Try to find a situation where you can have the children overnight if possible. If you parents live nearby and have a larger home perhaps they would host your weekends with your children and you would all visit your parents. The rest of the time you would stay at your rented room. Or look for a... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Oregon on
Q: How do I go about posting in Sonoma CA for divorce? I am from Or and I've already taken care of posting here but no CA

I am getting a divorce in Or. No one in Ca seems to know the steps to posting which the judge had orderd it. Please help. No children ot assets

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Dec 11, 2019

First you need to clarify what you mean by posting? I don't really know what you're talking about but I would guess that it's something like posting a notice because you couldn't find the person to serve him or her. I would never use posting as a form of substituted service. The... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Oregon on
Q: My girlfriend and I bought a timeshare but I'm not legally separated from my wife. Does that mean she has rights to it?

We have been living apart for 5 years now and my girlfriend and I purchased the timeshare this last year together.

Michael Hales
Michael Hales answered on Dec 2, 2019

In many states, property acquired during marriage is part of the marital estate. I recommend that you find a local attorney to review your specific case.

1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Oregon on
Q: We bought a house 3 mo ago its in both our names loan in his. Does length of marriage matter in judge decision on what

Happens with the house? We’ve only been married almost 3 yrs Jan . What will the outcome be

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Nov 24, 2019

Before you get all worked up over how the house will be treated in a divorce I suggest you check on what the current value is and compare it to the balance left on the mortgage. Unless you made a very large down payment there is probably little or no equity to fight over and you are very lucky... Read more »

2 Answers | Asked in Divorce for Oregon on
Q: We bought a house 3 months ago loan is in his name house in both Jan will be 3 yrs married . How is this handled
Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Nov 24, 2019

How is what handled? You haven't asked a question about something specific.

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1 Answer | Asked in Divorce for Oregon on
Q: Will my wife still get half the house?

My wife and I are not legally separated but have been living apart now for 5 years. I got a USDA loan in my name and built the house. She lived with me a few months after it was built then told me she wanted a divorce. My girlfriend and I of 4 years are still living in the house and she has... Read more »

Joanne Reisman
Joanne Reisman answered on Nov 19, 2019

The law will first presume that the house is marital property that gets split equally but because you have been separated and your wife has not contributed to the marriage for years (I presume), it sounds like you have grounds to argue that Oregon's presumption of equal contribution should not... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Bankruptcy and Divorce for Oregon on
Q: Seporated 2 years, married 20 years, no children , going through bankruptcy

Been living on same property paying rent with my girlfriend, what are my rights and what can I do ? She won't divorce cause of bankruptcy.

Timothy Denison
Timothy Denison answered on Nov 11, 2019

Impossible to say without substantially more information. In any event, get the bankruptcy done first and that will make life easier in the divorce.

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