Affordable Family Law of Oregon is now part of The Commons Law Center

We're excited to announce that Affordable Family Law of Oregon is now a service of The Commons Law Center. The Commons Law Center is a nonprofit law firm that provides sliding-scale legal services to everyday Oregonians, anyone who makes less than 400% of the federal poverty level (currently $103,000 for a family of four). Our programs compliment legal aid, which is limited by law to helping people who make far Read More

Even With Marijuana Legalization, Use of Pot Still Impacts Child Custody Decisions

Marijuana may be legal in Oregon, but cannabis users still have a reason to be worried about how marijuana use can impact their child custody case. Many judges do not believe parents should expose their children to marijuana smoke or marijuana paraphernalia – leaving many medical marijuana patients and cannabis users at a disadvantage when they are in a custody dispute. When making a decision regarding child Read More

Woman Pays For Divorce By Selling Wedding Dress on eBay

People across the world are finding creative ways to pay for the legal help they need in family law cases. A woman in England is now selling her wedding dress on eBay so that she can divorce her “cheating scumbag of a husband,” as she writes in the eBay listing. According to the eBay post, this former bride purchased her designer Art Deco wedding dress in 2014 for £2000. The bid for this dress is currently at Read More

Pendente Lite Relief – How to Get Support Payments While Your Case Is Pending

So you have filed for divorce and your trial date is still months away; you may be wondering how you can receive temporary spousal support or temporary child support while you are waiting for that trial date to come. The answer can be summed up in just two words –Pendente Lite. A person getting divorced could be missing out on thousands of dollars if he or she is not seeking temporary support payments that he or Read More

Where are the Children During a Family Law Trial?

Parents may sometimes spend a full day in the courthouse during their family law trial. In some cases, a trial may last multiple days. This leaves many parents wondering where their children should be during their hearing and whether the children should be with them when making court appearances. Courthouses are public buildings, so children are always welcome to enter the courthouse. However, it’s recommended Read More

Drew Barrymore Finalizes Divorce at Lightning Speed

By Laura Fishman Actress and Hollywood starlet Drew Barrymore hit the fast track with her divorce, finishing up her case just a few weeks after filing the documents in her dissolution of marriage case. According to The Los Angeles Times, Barrymore filed for divorce from her then-husband Will Kopelman on July 15, 2016 in the state of New York. Her divorce was finalized just a couple weeks later on August 3, Read More

The Division of Retirement Benefits Through QDROs

The division of retirement savings is often one of the most significant considerations in a legal separation or divorce case. The retirement accounts are often among the most valuable assets in any given divorce, so it’s important to have a legal professional draft any judgment that requires the division of retirement savings, or else there’s the risk of losing hundreds of thousands of dollars that you may be Read More

Keeping Children Healthy: When Does Cash Medical Support Comes Into Play?

In Oregon, all child support orders have a provision for medical support. The most common way to provide medical support for a child is by providing medical insurance for the child – either privately, through a public program, or through an employer. If neither parent has access to healthcare coverage for the child, the parent paying child support may be ordered to pay additional money each month to the child support Read More

Oregon Status Quo Orders – What You Need to Know

What do you do when you have filed a petition for custody and parenting time, but your case is still several months away? Your best option may be to file for a temporary order. The Status Quo Order is one type of temporary order that a parent can receive while a case is pending. This process is authorized by ORS 107.097(2) for certain cases involving child custody issues. The Status Quo order prevents either Read More

How To Get A Restraining Order in Oregon

If you’re a victim of physical abuse or threatened abuse, you may be able to get a restraining order under the Oregon Family Abuse Prevention Act. You can be eligible to get a restraining order under the Family Abuse Prevention Act if your situation fits the following criteria: You are at least 18 years old, or you are younger than 18 and the person who abused you is at least 18 and you are (or were) married to Read More