Family Law Services Offered by Ronald Johnston in Portland Oregon – Part 1

December 19th, 2016

Ronald Johnston, a premier divorce attorney practicing in Portland Oregon with more than 40 years of experience, offers several family law services. In part one of this two-part blog series, we’re going to look at three of the services offered by Ronald Johnston Family Family at beachLaw.


In legal jargon, divorce is known as a “dissolution of marriage.” In Oregon, either spouse can file a petition for a “no fault” divorce. Once filed, the court takes over and has the power to rule on a plethora of matters including child custody, parenting time, child support, division of property, and debt.

Spousal Support

Courts will consider several issues before awarding spousal support. Those issues include the length of the marriage, the financial needs of each party, child custody, tax consequences, and other key issues. Spousal support can be awarded on a temporary or permanent basis, depending on the circumstances.

Child Custody

When it comes to child custody cases, Oregon courts generally rule in the “best interests of the child.”

Joint custody is only awarded if both parents can agree to the arrangement. Also, every custody order comes with a parenting time plan. In Oregon, the term “parenting time” is used in lieu of “visitation”.

To read part two of this series, click here.

Contact Ronald Johnston, an experienced and professional divorce attorney practicing in Portland Oregon, if you need help navigating your divorce.

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