Yes, there are several lawyers in the Portland metropolitan area who specialize in this work. I have listed some of them below:
Dan Ricks, Portland @ Kennedy King (503) 228-6191
Robert Rosenthal, Portland Ph: (503) 6754377
Diane Kerns, Portland Ph: (503) 274-7979
Ann Mercer, Portland (503) 281-1941
Clark Williams,in Salem (503)585-4422
Paula Hammond - she says she has fast turnaround
Lake Oswego 97035
Phone 503 684-3975
Lake is correct - these jurisdiction issues can be complicated and consulting a lawyer is the best course. Oregon definitely has jurisdiction over both of you by virture of the fact that you both have lived in Oregon for more than six months (see ORS 107.075).
Requests for attorney fees in divorce cases are normally resolved by the judge who heard the case. ORCP 68 provides that a party making a request for attorney fees must make the application within 14 days after the judgment is signed and entered in the court record. The application is made in the form of a petition which must follow certain procedural rules. The opposing party has 14 days to respond with an objection. Normally the judge who heard the case rules on the request.
Attorney Williams is correct. If you both signed the loan agreement then both of you are legally liable. A well drawn divorce decree will include language which says that if you wind up being forced to pay a debt your ex-spouse was supposed to pay then you can recover the amounts in the form of a money judgment plus interest and legal fees. Other options may include include bankruptcy as Mr. Williams mentioned.
Rule 71 (B) of the Oregon Rules of Civil Procedure generally provides that a party seeking to set aaside a default judgment must do so within one year. The rule reads as follows: B(1) “On motion and upon such terms as are just, the court may relieve a party or such party’s legal representative from a judgment for the following reasons: (a) mistake, inadvertence, surprise, or excusable neglect; (b) newly discovered evidence which by due diligence could not have been discovered in time...
You say that your husband's $150,000 commitment was part of "an out of court settlement". Oregon recognizes the validity of contracts entered into between marriage partners. In order to legally enforce his contractual commitment, you must either sue him for breach of contract OR you must file a petition for divorce or legal separation and ask the court to ratify and approve your settlement and make it a part of the court's judgment of divorce or judgment of legal separation. At that point...
One of you must file again in one state or the other. You can file for a dissolution or for an annulment even though your marriage was not solemnized here if you have resided here for at least six months at the time you file. Grounds for annulment include: (1) bigamous marriage (one party was already validly married; or (2) lack of legal age; (3) lack of sufficient understanding; or (4) consent to the marriage was obtained by force or by fraud.
Oregon law provides that judges have the power to divide the "real or personal property, or both, of either or both of the parties as may be just and proper in all the circumstances."
Further, any increase in the value of a separately owned property during the marriage is presumed have been contributed equally by both the husband and the wife. In your case you have an even stronger argument - namely that you made a significant labor contribution.
The restraining order violation is a...
You don't need a reason at all so long as you have settled your case. Our waiver statute is found in ORS 107.065 (2) which says that if your affidavit states that you and your spouse have signed a "stipulated judgment" (an agreed-upon judgment) then that fact is adequate grounds of necessity for the judge to immediately sign the document and waive the waiting period.
The following is an example of the language I use in an affidavit seeking entry of a divorce judgment and waiver of the...
Oregon law provides that, you have legal custody of your son until such time as the father is successful in changing legal custody by way of a change of custody lawsuit here in Oregon. ORS 109.175 controls your situation. It reads in part as follows:
109.175 Determination of legal custody after paternity established. (1) If paternity of a child born out of wedlock is established pursuant to . . . ORS 416.400 to 416.465, or if paternity is established by the filing of a voluntary...