Adding another member to your family through adoption or assisted reproduction is a transformative experience for everyone involved. For families, the process is much more than a one-time legal transaction—it can truly be a lifelong journey. Adoption and assisted reproduction laws are extremely complex, so it’s important to work with an attorney who has a detailed understanding of family creation laws in your area. At Gevurtz Menashe, we have extensive experience helping families navigate the complicated legal issues surrounding adoption and assisted reproduction in both Oregon and Washington.
Attorneys at Gevurtz Menashe represent children in both family law cases and in juvenile court. Call us today at 503-227-1515 or contact us online to schedule a consultation. In family law cases in Oregon, a child’s attorney is sometimes appointed by a judge to protect the child’s rights when the child testifies as a witness or appears to be “stuck” in the middle between warring parents.
If you have a child with someone you are no longer in a relationship with, there may be custody, parenting time, and child support issues. Child support is ordered in divorces with children but also in cases where the parties were never married if they are no longer residing together. The non-custodial parent is usually required to pay child support as part of a child custody agreement, and is generally required to make payments on a monthly or yearly basis until the child is 18 years old. Oregon law also allows the court to order both parents to pay support, or joint custody support for children between 18 and 21 if they qualify as a “child attending school”.
The "contempt of court" procedure is among the methods available to enforce a court order when someone knows what they are required to do, is able to comply, but chooses to do otherwise.
Most court orders may be enforced by means of a contempt of court action, even if other means of enforcement are also available. There are exceptions. Gevurtz Menashe family law attorneys can help discuss your options.
Over the years, the legislature has refined many aspects of how child custody cases are handled. In almost all cases, they designed these changes to protect the interests of children in divorce. In fact, several of our own Gevurtz Menashe divorce and child custody lawyers helped to write and refine many of the laws that now govern child custody and visitation (now legally referred to as “parenting time”) in Oregon.
Simply put, divorce is the legal process of dissolving a marriage between two people. A divorce can encompass many of the practice areas involved in family law- including asset and debt division, child custody, parenting time, and spousal and child support. For that reason, it’s imperative that a divorce be handled professionally. We understand that meeting with a divorce attorney for the first time can be an overwhelming first step but we're here to walk you through the process - and we take that job very seriously. That said there are a number of key things you should consider before you take that step.
With regard to legal responsibility for a child (custody), the same rules apply to a grandparent as to any non-parent. Please see our page on Stepparent and Co-parent Rights. If you would like to learn more about your legal rights as a Grandparent, give us a call at 503-227-1515 or contact us online.
There are a number of circumstances in which either a formal or an informal guardianship of children may be appropriate. Whether a child needs to be temporarily in the custody of someone other than their parents, or a more long-term placement is necessary, guardianship may give the structure and authority necessary to provide for the child. An individual who assumes the role of legal guardian for a child takes on a number of important responsibilities. Guiding the child’s growth and development, providing care and nourishment, ensuring the child is protected from harm. These are similar to the responsibilities of a parent with legal custody, however, a child’s legal guardian acts with the authority and accountability of the court.
At Gevurtz Menashe, we pride ourselves in treating each client with the highest degree of care and respect. When it comes to family law, however, there’s no question that cases with large assets bring complexities and challenges of a different sort. A number of Gevurtz Menashe attorneys have experience in litigating, arbitrating and mediating high-asset divorce cases. Our divorce lawyers have extensive experience representing individuals who are medical, legal and tax professionals; executives; business owners; and/or those who have acquired wealth through family succession planning.
Gevurtz Menashe family law attorneys have many years of experience working on child custody cases—whether here in the Northwest, nationally, or abroad. To learn more about international or interstate custody laws, and how they affect your family, call us at 503-227-1515 or request a consultation online.
Juvenile dependency cases often arise when DHS has concerns regarding the care a minor child is receiving from parents or other caregivers and, as a result, questions whether the Juvenile Court should have legal jurisdiction over that child.
When members of the military divorced, it’s important to involve a lawyer who has experience with military divorce and is well versed in the local and federal laws governing such a divorce. The divorce and estate planning lawyers at Gevurtz Menashe have extensive experience working on cases involving military divorce.
At Gevurtz Menashe, we understand circumstances change, family needs grow, and legal arrangements need updating and modification. Whether you’re looking for modification help with child support, custody, visitation, or spousal support, our team of experienced family law and estate planning attorneys can guide you through the modification process.
People change their names for a variety of reasons. Commonly, upon marriage, one spouse will take the surname of the other spouse. If, later, the marriage is legally dissolved, either spouse may choose to return to a previous name.
Unmarried parents of a child or children have the same rights and responsibilities as married parents. Legal paternity can be established by the agreement of the biological parents when a child is born, or at any time after the birth. If there is a dispute concerning who is the father of a child, parentage can be established by DNA testing. Either parent can file motions with the court to seek resolution if there is a disagreement about custody of the child, the parenting schedule, child support or other child-related issues.
Relationship agreements, whether premarital, post-marital or domestic partnership agreements are growing in popularity. More than ever before, couples are constructing a plan to ensure protection and distribution of their assets when their marriage ends—by either death or divorce.
As the legal landscape for same-sex couples evolves, the need for experienced legal representation increases. Our attorneys regularly advise same-sex couples on Oregon and Washington domestic partnership and marriage planning, divorce, estate planning, incapacity planning, and tax matters.
In some cases, a court will determine whether a child's best interests are served by continuing contact with a third party. If a non-parent can prove that they have served a substantial enough role in a child's life, visitation or even custody of the child may be awarded to the third party. Learn more about guardianships here.
Today, it’s more common than ever for clients to represent themselves in their own legal matters. Because of this evolving trend, the courts are taking steps to make the legal process more accessible, including providing standard forms for pleadings, facilitators to review forms to help reduce error, along with booklets and websites to explain the basics of family law. We can help.