How Unmarried Parents Establish Paternity

By Laura Fishman The amount of unmarried couples having children is on the rise. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that one out of every four children are now born to cohabitating, unmarried parents – a record high. Without marriage, there’s a greater need to establish paternity. In Oregon, there are several ways for unmarried parents to establish paternity by law, including the approaches Read More

The Rights of Non-Custodial Parents

By Laura Fishman Just because you do not have custody of your child, does not mean that you are no longer a parent. In Oregon, the non-custodial parent still has many of the same rights as the custodial parent when it comes to obtaining medical records and school records. Pursuant to ORS 107.154, both the non-custodial parent and the custodial parent have the following rights: To inspect and receive school Read More

Study Finds that Most People Have No Regrets About Decision to Divorce

By Laura Fishman While you may feel a bit heartbroken after divorce, there’s a good chance that you will have no regrets about the divorce when it’s all over with. A recent Avvo study found that 73% of women report having no regret over being divorced while 61% of men say the same. What’s more is that 75% of women say that’d rather be alone, successful and happy than be unhappy in a relationship. About 58% of men Read More

The Divorce Basics: The Decisions a Judge Makes in an Oregon Divorce Case

By Laura Fishman We all know that a divorce ends a marriage, but many people may not realize what decisions a judge makes in a divorce case. Judges in Oregon have the authority to make decisions on a wide range of issues that may affect a family. Listed below are some of the most typical issues that a judge will decide in a dissolution case. The date a marriage ends; Who gets custody of the children Read More

Working with a Lawyer Coach

As discussed in my other blog posts, limited-scope representation is expressly allowed by Oregon RPC 1.2(b), which provides: “A lawyer may limit the scope of the representation if the limitation is reasonable under the circumstances and the client gives informed consent.” Before beginning a coaching relationship with an attorney, it must first be determined if it is reasonable for the attorney to help the client Read More

Family Law: A Hands On Approach

When it comes to getting the job done right, Portlanders tend to take a hands on approach. Whether you need to save some money or prefer to be in the driver’s seat, Affordable Family Law of Oregon has just the right amount of legal help for your case. The state of Oregon now allows attorneys to offer custom-tailored services to meet the individual needs of their clients. There are several different types of Read More

What is an “Unbundled Service”?

As the cost of legal services continue to rise and the courts continue to cut costs, more and more people are demanding an alternative to the high cost of traditional legal services. Fortunately, the Oregon State Bar, understanding the need for access to justice, has adopted looser regulations in recent years. The Oregon State Bar is now allowing law firms to offer “unbundled” services such as coaching, mediation and Read More

Family Law Navigation: A Pragmatic Solution to the Legal Services Gap

Some jobs just require professionals, even the most skilled surgeons will not operate on themselves. The old saying is “you get what you pay for” and the legal services industry in Oregon is no different. With legal bills approaching the $20,000.00 mark no wonder more and more parties are representing themselves. Although it may seem enticing to save a significant amount of money, often self-represented parties will Read More