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  • What If My Ex and I Disagree About Our Kids' Vaccinations & Other Health Matters?

    What If My Ex and I Disagree About Our Kids' Vaccinations & Other Health Matters? When you and your ex disagree about something as important as your child’s healthcare, it can be difficult to know what to do next. Every good parent wants to protect their child and keep them healthy — but that may mean something different than to you than it does to your ex. For example, you may wish to have your child vaccinated and your child’s other parent may be anti-vaxx. Other medical disputes might involve the choice of doctor for your child, whether or not to administer medications, or choice of medical treatment. ...
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  • Understanding the Differences Between Custody and Parenting Time

    Understanding the Differences Between Custody and Parenting Time If you are going through a divorce or your parenting agreement is going through major changes, it is essential that you understand the differences between child custody and parenting time (which is also often referred to as visitation). There are many ways in which parents may choose to co-parent their kids, some of which involve one parent retaining custody, or both parents sharing custody. Whatever the situation, knowing what role you play in your child’s life, from a legal and a personal perspective, is extremely ...
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  • What Are the Guidelines for Deviating from Child Support?

    What Are the Guidelines for Deviating from Child Support? Oregon maintains a set of child support guidelines meant to ensure children of divorced or separated parents each contribute to the financial welfare of their child. The state believes that each parent should share in the cost of raising and providing for their child, and child support agreements are typically set to follow these state-wide guidelines. However, there are certain circumstances where parents may deviate from these set rules because, for their situation, it would be better for the child if they committed to ...
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  • How Can I Get More Time With My Kids?

    How Can I Get More Time With My Kids? Being a parent requires a great deal of time and effort, especially when you feel your co-parenting agreement isn’t quite working out. When you want more parenting time with your children, it can sometimes be difficult to make that adjustment to the satisfaction of both parents and the court. If you want more visitation, but aren’t entirely sure how to get it, know that you do have legal options. Talk to Your Co-Parent The first thing you should try if you’d like to obtain more time with your kids, is to discuss the matter ...
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  • Why Is Full Financial Disclosure So Important in a Divorce?

    Why Is Full Financial Disclosure So Important in a Divorce? Financial topics can be complicated, and in many marriages, one spouse may not have a full understanding of their financial state. For example, if one spouse handles the taxes that year, the other may be oblivious to a few debts or additional funds and investments. While this unseen information may seem inconsequential when the funds are shared, when a couple is divorcing it becomes extremely important that both spouses have a full understanding of their financial situation. The need for financial transparency In a divorce, ...
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  • School's Out: Negotiating Child Custody for the Summer

    School's Out: Negotiating Child Custody for the Summer Child custody agreements will often need to be reconfigured during the summer months to allow for the changing schedules of children and their parents. School is out, and many separated parents need to discuss daycare or summer camp options, or perhaps they need to negotiate time for extended vacations with either parent. Whatever your reason, be mindful of the timeframe you are working with. Summer is just around the corner, so plan your trips and discuss options with your co-parent sooner rather than later. To make your ...
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  • What to Do if You Fear Your Ex Will Kidnap Your Child

    What to Do if You Fear Your Ex Will Kidnap Your Child According to the U.S. Department of Justice, over 350,000 parental abductions occur every year. “Parental kidnapping” is defined as the taking, or concealment, of a child by one parent in violation of the other parent’s rights, including terms set forth in a custody and visitation agreement. If you believe your child has been kidnapped by a parent or is at risk of being abducted, you should seek legal advice immediately. Different scenarios that may be considered parental kidnapping (which is a crime) include: If a parent ...
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  • 8 Reasons You Should Avoid a Cookie Cutter Parenting Plan

    8 Reasons You Should Avoid a Cookie Cutter Parenting Plan Divorced parents explore new territory when it comes to their children – from how they divide the child’s time to how parenting decisions are made moving forward. Instead of trying to fit your family’s needs into a cookie cutter parenting plan, however, it is best to create a plan that is specific to your specific situation, family dynamic, and future goals. A one-size-fits all approach works for very few issues in life, so why would you expect your parenting plan to follow a pre-defined formula? Here are some of the ...
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