Oregon Divorce and Family Law Blog

New Oregon Child Support Guidelines in Effect

Effective July 1, 2013, the Oregon Department of Justice released their revised child support guidelines. The guidelines are used to assist courts, attorneys, and parents in determining the appropriate amount of child support. The changes include a new online calculator, meant to simplify and streamline the calculation process. Several of the key changes are outlined below:

(1) Health Insurance. The old guidelines required that both parents be required to carry health insurance for the children, if it was available at ...

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Adam Brittle and Jill Brittle Receive Recognition by SuperLawyers

Jill Brittle and Adam Brittle, the partners at Brittle & Brittle PC, have both been recognized as “Rising Stars” by SuperLawyers Magazine for 2013. While up to 5% of Oregon lawyers are named to SuperLawyers, only 2.5% are named to the Rising Stars list. The purpose of this list is to recognize the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state — those who are 40 years old or younger, or who have been practicing for 10 years or less

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Do I really need an Oregon divorce lawyer?

Portland, Oregon Divorce LawyerWhen going through a divorce, many people choose to go it alone and not use a lawyer.  In Oregon Family Law courts, packets of necessary paperwork may be received at the courthouse or downloaded from the court website. If you can do a divorce without a lawyer, why would you use one?

The truth of the matter is, a lawyer is not always necessary.  Generally people ...

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Top 4 Reasons to Modify Spousal Support

Whether you can modify your spousal support depends on the purpose of the original spousal support. For example, if the purpose of support was to allow you to obtain a college degree over six years and you obtain that degree in four years instead, your ex-spouse could request a reduction of support to take into consideration the change of circumstances.  To qualify as a change of circumstances, the event must be both unanticipated and substantial.

In our experience, the four most ...

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Top 5 Reasons to Modify Child Support

1. Change in income

The main factor in any child support calculation is each party’s income. Therefore, whenever you have experienced a reduction in your income (loss of job, change of job, etc.), or the other parent has experienced an increase in income (new job, promotion, etc.), you should have your child support reviewed. Anytime there has been a substantial change in financial circumstances, child support may be modified.

 2. Change in parenting time or physical custody

When there has been a change ...

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Duties of the Good Divorce Lawyer

1. A Good Divorce and Family Law Lawyer in Portland Stays Focused on You.

This includes:

  • informing you about the process – what can you expect from your case?
  • getting the facts straight -  an initial consultation generally takes at least 60-90 minutes to discuss the facts of your matter
  • delves deeper into the facts by asking questions that they know to be important that you may not even realize are important
  • discuss your finances and options to maximize your representation based upon ...
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Oregon Parenting Plan Modifications: It’s Really About the Children

As Oregon family law lawyers, we often get asked questions about modifying an existing parenting plan.  Often, clients will come in with a clear idea of what they believe the parenting plan should look like.  The question is always simple: “Is this in the best interest of the child?”

When evaluating whether to change a parenting plan, Oregon courts look to a ...

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Five Warning Flags Before You Hire a Divorce or Family Law Lawyer

Divorce and family law issues touch on the things most important to us – our families. Family law issues can be emotional, confusing, and frustrating. Clients need to choose an attorney who will help them through the process, not add to the process.

1. Unnecessarily aggressive is not necessarily a plus

Most people’s goal in a divorce or family law matter is to get through the process while preserving as much dignity and family cohesiveness as possible. We have all heard about ...

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Top Ten Things to Look for in an Oregon Family Law Lawyer

Going through a divorce or other family law matter is difficult enough.  The Portland, Oregon divorce and family law firm of Brittle & Brittle P.C. provides the following common-sense advice when searching for an attorney to assist you.  Your attorney should be there to help resolve issues, not make them worse.  With this in mind, here are the top ten things that you might wish to keep in mind when interviewing lawyers for your family law matter.

1. A Good Fit ...

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Detailed Parenting Plans Avoid Future Litigation

When parents get divorced or separate through the legal system, the court requires that a parenting plan be put into the final judgment. The goal of the court is to ensure that both parents have frequent and meaningful contact with their children. At Brittle & Brittle P.C., we recommend that parents put together a detailed parenting plan to help avoid future litigation. Even when parents are getting along at the time of their divorce, we remind clients that ...

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