Pre-Divorce Consultations with our Portland Family Lawyer

Scheduling an appointment with a divorce attorney can be a difficult but important first step. Ronald Johnston offers pre-divorce consultations that will confidentially review an individual’s options as to a potential property settlement, child custody, child support, spousal support and information about attorney fees. Ronald Allen Johnston also provides advice and representation to parents who wish to relocate or travel internationally with children. In addition to pre-divorce consultations, our Portland divorce attorney also offers confidential second opinions regarding your current divorce or child custody case.

The following is a personal message from Ronald Allen Johnston regarding the consultations that he offers:

“One of the most useful and powerful services I provide is a confidential pre-divorce consultation. A client may know that he or she is unhappy in the marriage, but does not know what to do about it. The very idea of divorce, or even of meeting a Portland divorce lawyer, can seem overwhelming.

I will meet with you in strictest professional confidence. There will be no record of your visit, and no one will know. I will interview you to learn the specific facts of your matter, and then will identify your various rights and obligations flowing from your family situation. I will then discuss what will likely happen if you or your spouse files divorce papers in court. I will discuss the procedure that is needed to obtain a divorce in Oregon, what your rights and obligations will be and how much money and time it all will take. We can discuss how to lessen the impact of the divorce on the children and review your child custody rights. Armed with this information, you can then decide whether or how to take action.

Sometimes, the consultation actually can save the marriage. This occurs when, after the consultation, the client sits down with the spouse and says levelly and matter-of-factly, “I want you to know that I saw a family law attorney today. I really want to work this out, but I now know exactly what will happen if we do not.” Sometimes, this type of statement will start the flow of honest and candid conversation and will motivate each party to make renewed efforts to resolve differences.

On the other hand, if the marriage is too far gone, the client may then use the information learned at the consultation to take steps to “pre-plan” the divorce or, at the very least, to avoid common mistakes made before filing.

One of the scariest things is the “unknown.” When you meet with me for a confidential pre-divorce consultation, we will remove this fear and replace the “unknown” with knowledge. This will give you tools and information necessary to make very important decisions in your life.”

When you are ready, please contact our Portland divorce attorney today.

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