OREGON FAMILY LAW
If you need real solutions in a divorce or any other family law matter you can trust the experience of Shelly Perkins at Perkins Law Office, LLC, to provide high quality, compassionate, and experienced representation. We can help you find answers to a full range of family law issues. Including, but not limited to:
· Divorce or Legal Seperation
· Child Custody and Parenting Time
· Child Support
· Spousal Maintenance / Spousal Support
· Domestic Violence
With years of experience protecting the rights and interests of individuals and families in Oregon, Shelly understands that clients don't want to hear excuses — they want results! That's why people are turning to Perkins Law Office for quality service, sound advice and practical legal help at a reasonable price.
We've proudly earned our reputation one client at a time. My approach is simple: When you focus on the solution, the problems take care of themselves. Contact us today for a consultation.
Shelly will help you with the following:
1. Personal Guidance through Family Transitions
2. Legal Separations
3. Settlement Agreements
4. Keeping the Focus on the Child
5. Custody Issues
6. Child Support
7. Spousal Support
8. Domestic Violence
1. Personal Guidance Through Family Transitions
Given the emotional, financial and legal impact of a divorce on you and your family, I work closely with you through every step of the process and even prepare you for life after divorce; and as hard as it may be to believe for some of you, there will be life after your divorce.
I'll discuss and explain how your taxes, credit rating, health care benefits, retirement plans, and many other matters will be affected. We'll take steps to protect your rights and ensure you aren't saddled with a divorce settlement you'll regret in the long run. I'm prepared to negotiate, but I am also aggressive litigator fighting for you, especially when the division of debt, marital assets and custody issues are involved.
2. Legal Separations
For some, legal separation is an end unto itself. As an alternative to divorce, legal separation may be especially appropriate for those who have religious or moral objections to civil divorce or those who have not yet obtained a religious divorce.
3. Settlement Agreements
In any legal separation — whether as an alternative to or step toward divorce — a formal settlement agreement is necessary to outline the important legal and financial issues. Shelly has experience in the negotiation, drafting, and formalization of settlement agreements. Her goal is to help clients lay a firm foundation for a stable and prosperous future. She understands the importance of focusing on the solution in these cases, instead of becoming mired in contention.
4. Keeping the Focus on the Child in Child Custody Cases
Nothing is more heartbreaking than a child caught in the middle of a custody battle. Shelly is a parent herself, so she understands the joys and rewards, and trials and tribulations of parenthood. Perkins Law Office works hard to ensure that all parties remember that the real focus in any custody dispute is the child. We work with parents throughout Oregon to reach a result that is in the best interest of the child and works for all parties involved.
5. Custody Issues
Who will get custody of the child is not a foregone conclusion. Simply because you're a father doesn't mean you can't get custody of your child and just because you're a mother does not mean you will automatically get custody of your child. You need an experienced, knowledgeable attorney to help you achieve your goals.
Whether you're interested in seeking custody of your children or the other parent is attempting to take custody away from you, we have the experience and resources needed to help you.
· Sole Custody versus Joint Custody Joint custody is only an option if the parents have an amicable relationship and can communicate well in matters that affect the child. If the parents are not on friendly enough terms, chances are that the joint decision making required in joint custody will result in more disagreements and conflict. If left up to the court, the only choice is "sole" custody where the court will select one parent to be the sole decision maker.
6. Child Custody and Parenting Time - A Variety of Issues
Here are just a few of the situations in which we can help you.
· Enforcement of a parenting time agreement
· Modification of the parenting plan
· Modification of custody
· Modification of child support
7. Child Support
Child support is mandated by Oregon law and must be included in any divorce settlement or decree. Contrary to what some people believe, it is not intended to punish the person required to pay it or reward the custodial parent who receives it. It is for the benefit of a child, and the obligation to pay child support cannot be discharged through bankruptcy or unemployment, or voluntarily waived by the custodial parent.
While the amount of child support required will depend on the income of each parent, just because a custodial parent remarries or improves his or her financial situation does not mean the child support obligations of the non-custodial parent will change or cease.
Don't wait until the court holds you in contempt for failing to abide by the terms of your divorce settlement or court order. This is a time to be proactive.
Child support is calculated according to a formula developed by the Oregon Department of Justice and available on their website. While the court is willing to take into consideration extenuating circumstances that affect one's ability to pay child support, the formula used provides a good estimate of what you will be expected to pay. Click here for a link to the calculator.
If a non-custodial parent is currently paying child support for children from different marrigaes the court may take this into account in determining child support.
Failure to pay child support can impact your credit history, result in garnishment of wages, loss of your driver's license, and possibly even jail time. In extreme cases, the state may act to seize certain assets or property. As our world becomes increasingly wired, it has become easier and easier for individuals to be tracked and located. Individuals who fail to pay child support run the risk of encountering substantial legal and financial difficulty later - even if they manage to avoid problems initially.
If illness or the loss of employment creates the need to increase the child support received or decrease the amount paid, a modification of child support may be appropriate. An informal verbal agreement between you and your ex-spouse or parent of your child will not be enforceable and could lead to future legal complications. Perkins Law Office can prepare all the necessary documentation for you to petition the court to seek a modification of the amount of child support you may receive or pay.
8. Spousal Support
The issuance of an order of spousal support (commonly known as alimony) is by no means a certainty in a Oregon divorce. The courts will consider a number of factors in determining whether, to what extent, and for what duration spousal support should be ordered. These factors include:
· Length of the marriage
· Income of both spouses
· Lifestyle the parties lead
· Ability of the spouse seeking support to work, including age, education level, and any special skills or training
· Any mental or physical illness or disability that may limit the ability to be self-supporting
· Ability of the supporting spouse to pay
· Any property division agreement that is in place
Establishing a fair and workable spousal support or alimony arrangement requires the assistance of an experienced attorney who understands the courts' criteria and the subtle nuances that may come into play.
8. Domestic Violence
Police and civil authorities in Oregon take reports of domestic violence very seriously. Unfortunately, the system is not perfect. Without legal representation, victims of domestic violence may find it difficult to take advantage of the legal protections available. Conversely, those accused of an act of domestic violence or spousal abuse may face serious immediate consequences — prior to any determination of guilt or innocence.
At Perkins Law Office, we represent clients who are facing issues of domestic violence in their household. Whether legitimate or fabricated, an allegation of domestic violence must be dealt with immediately. Contact us today online or by telephone (503) 683-2256.
If you have suffered abuse at the hands of a family member, spouse or domestic partner — including stalking, harassment and the making of terroristic threats against you, your children or your other loved ones — it is vitally important to obtain an Order of Protection immediately. An Order of Protection can provide you with a measure of security while you — and your attorney — work to put a more permanent solution in place.
Standing Up for Those Who Have Been Falsely Accused
A false or vindictive allegation of domestic violence is an abuse of the system. It is also an abuse of the person who now has to face the potentially serious civil and criminal consequences. In order to fight a false allegation, it will almost certainly be necessary to enlist the services of a lawyer with substantial experience in these cases, as a former prosecutor, Shelly has the experience you need and want on your side.
Get Experienced Legal Help Now
For victims of abuse and false allegations alike, it is often exceedingly difficult to take effective action or find a real solution without knowledgeable legal guidance and dedicated representation. Contact us today to discuss your unique case.