Family Law Services by Portland Divorce Attorney Ronald Allen Johnston

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Portland family lawyer Ronald Allen Johnston
has been practicing divorce and child custody law for over 40 years, beginning at the time when family law only began emerging as a specialty law practice. Family law is distinctive as it involves clients’ deeply personal lives and touches upon human emotions like no other area of law. Every case is as unique as the client, and our Portland family attorney is dedicated to achieving the best possible outcome for his clients under the law.

Divorce and Dissolution of Marriage

Divorce is also known in legal terms as dissolution of marriage. Oregon law allows for “no fault” divorce, whereby either party may file a petition alleging that irreconcilable differences have caused the irremediable breakdown of the marriage. Once a petition is filed, the court has the powers to award child custody and parenting time, child support, spousal support, division of property and debt, provisions for health and life insurance, and attorney fees.

Spousal Support in Oregon

A court has the power to order spousal support only when one party has filed for divorce or legal separation. In awarding spousal support, courts will consider a number of factors, including: the duration of the marriage, training and employment skills, work experience, the financial needs and resources of each party, tax consequences, child custody and child support responsibilities, and other factors deemed just and equitable. Spousal support is awarded on a temporary or permanent basis, depending on the circumstances.

Child Custody and Relocation

All child custody awards are determined by the legal standard of “best interests of the child.” Oregon’s child custody laws allow joint custody only if both parents agree. Legal custody refers to which parent is entitled to make parenting decisions for the child, such as schooling, religion and health care. Accompanying every custody order will be a parenting time plan, which can range from general to very specific. Relocation is a very difficult issue. You should not request or object to a move away without consulting counsel. Portland custody lawyer Ronald Allen Johnston represents both mothers and fathers in child custody and relocation.

Interstate and International Custody and Parenting Time

Specialized laws and international treaties regulate and enforce interstate and international child custody. These laws include the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act, the Uniform Interstate Family Support Act, and the Federal Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act. For international custody matters, the Hague Convention is an international treaty that applies when dealing with another member country.

Child Support in Oregon

Oregon has specific administrative guidelines to calculate the amount of child support one parent owes to another. Child support is to be paid until the child becomes 18, but can be extended for children until age 21 if they continue to attend school, college or vocational training. Proper child support calculations should treat children and parents fairly, and the law allows child support modification to reflect the children’s changing needs and parents’ changing incomes.

Experience Guides Us. Resolves Drive Us.

Our Portland divorce lawyer is guided by his years of experience in all aspects of family law, and he is driven to resolve cases efficiently for his clients so that they can move on with their lives with their emotional and financial needs intact. Contact Ronald Allen Johnston to schedule a pre-divorce consultation or for a confidential second opinion on your family law case.

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