Ronald Johnston Newsletter

Our Portland Custody Attorney Explains the Difficulty of Child Custody Decisions

For divorcing or unmarried parents, there is nothing more important than protecting and maintaining ongoing relationships with their children. If parents cannot agree to share joint custody of children, a decision must be made according to what the judge perceives to be the “best interests of the child,” and this decision is rarely an easy one. A decision by a judge in a child custody or child relocation case is similar to the decision made by a voter in a presidential election: usually there are “pros” and “cons” for each candidate or parent, and the judge, as the voter, must inherently select an imperfect person. Similarly, more than one criterion can be applied in a child custody or child relocation case. In the same way that a voter may say, “I like this candidate’s position on defense but I disagree with the position on taxes,” a judge could say, “the…
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Our Portland Divorce Attorney Explains the Attitude to Have in Divorce

A divorce can be a profound, life-changing event. There is no convenient or “good” time to get a divorce. Sometimes, only your spouse wants the divorce and not you. Your divorce can be a challenging and sometimes scary change of life. It can be a painful ordeal that may create a lifetime of emotional scars. Nevertheless, you can get through it. The challenge is in your attitude and how you approach your divorce, which can make all the difference. Remember at all times that you have choices. You cannot control the acts of your spouse or of your spouse’s attorney. However, you can choose what you want to do in response to their actions. At the most basic level, this means that you can decide how to live your life. For example, you can choose to accept your spouse’s demands for settlement or you can choose to pursue a different…
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What is an Effective Lawyer? Our Portland Divorce Attorney Explains

What is an effective lawyer? This is an important question, and all clients should consider this information before retaining an attorney for their divorce or family law matter. An effective Portland divorce attorney achieves the best results allowed under law and as quickly as the legal system permits. An effective lawyer will guide clients and tell them how to manage their case efficiently and prudently to keep their costs and attorney fees down. Along the way, he will listen to clients and acknowledge their stated goals to counsel them as to the reasonableness of their expectations. He will be attentive to each client’s emotional needs while delivering superior legal services. An effective lawyer has the wisdom and experience to independently guide a client’s attitude and decision-making abilities, to know when to fight and when to settle. He will give clients informed legal options so they are able to make the…
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Tolerance of Lifestyles: Our Portland Family Lawyer Welcomes All Clients

Families come in all shapes and sizes, and every individual and family situation is unique. Currently, our state is struggling with how to shape and define Oregon marriage and divorce laws for same-sex couples and their children. Whether or not same-sex marriage becomes the law in Oregon, couples will always have situations where they are in need of assistance from the family law courts. Whether you seek to understand your rights or wish to dissolve a domestic partnership, civil union, same-sex marriage or cohabitation agreement, Portland family lawyer Ronald Allen Johnston has a full understanding of the law as applied to both mainstream and alternative lifestyles. He is prepared to enforce your partnership, spousal or marital rights to the fullest extent of the law. If a same-sex couples wishes to dissolve an Oregon domestic partnership or marriage from another state, the couple will face the same legal issues as married…
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