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 couples in divorce. This includes dividing joint property, providing for partner or spousal support, child custody, child support and parenting time.
Same-sex couples have unique situations when it comes to child custody rights. Being a biological parent is not the only path to parental rights, as the law allows for legal parentage to be established by adoption, de facto and psychological parenting and the intent to jointly raise children within a domestic partnership or civil union. Ronald Allen Johnston is a father himself and a firm believer that all parents deserve equal opportunities to child custody and parenting time. This belief extends beyond traditional families and includes same-sex parents and their children.
Representing both mothers and fathers, Ronald Allen Johnston has seen judicial standards, appellate case decisions, social attitudes and psychological literature evolve over his 35 years of practice. He tries to think like a trial judge and knows how judges want the facts and issues of a child custody case presented. He has capacity to find creative solutions to settle a case without resorting to litigation; but if necessary, he will be an aggressive advocate to defend and enforce his clients’ parental rights.
If you are seeking a partnership dissolution or wish to establish and enforce your child custody rights, consider our Portland family lawyer’s credentials and experience. Ronald Johnston has a mission to welcome all clients and assist them in effectively resolving their family law issues. Contact our firm today to schedule a consultation to learn about your rights and obligations under our changing Oregon laws.