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  • Co-parent is telling our young child emotionally-damaging secrets and telling her to tell no one; what can I do?

    Mother (custodial parent) has told our 7-he old daughter several times over the last two months that they both will be moving somewhere new, away from my stepdaughter's father and half-brother. She's instructed our daughter to keep the secret and ...

    Shannon’s Answer

    If the noncustodial parent thinks the child is going to be moved away he can file a Motion with the court asking to modify the current judgment and to stop the move. He should consult with an attorney sooner than later especially if it is unknown when this is planned to happen.

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  • I am moving out of Oregon with my son, his father and I were never married and don't have any written agreement, what do I need?

    I plan to move to Florida where I have a support system, and staying in Oregon isn't an option. I plan on hiring a lawyer, but I need to know what I don't know so I can better form my argument.

    Shannon’s Answer

    I assume this is not agreed upon by the other parent. Move away cases are very difficult. You have to show that it is best for the child to move. Not just you. You should consult with an attorney right away.

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  • Do I need a prenuptial agreement, if I have a will for separate property before I marry on Oregon?

    I was married for 45 years. I am a widow getting married. I have a will in place, and have my retirement accounts, savings, a home in California, and other arrangements in my will, left to my family.

    Shannon’s Answer

    Yes. Your Will does not trump your spouse's rights to an equitable property division if you end up divorcing (this is the Oregon standard). Your premarital property, although not automatically presumed joint, can be considered by a divorce court and divided. You should protect yourself with a prenuptial agreement.

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  • How to make sure I get full custody of my son?

    Me and my wife are getting a divorce and I would much rather my son live with me and my girlfriend. I have plenty of witnesses of my soon to be ex wife abusing me, and our child. How can I make sure I get full custody of him?

    Shannon’s Answer

    There are statutory factors that are considered in determining custody. Two of those factors are abuse and who has been the primary caregiver. You need an attorney especially if you are in Linn County where they decide temporary custody based on affidavits. You need someone who knows how to write those affidavits to address what the court needs to hear.

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  • HOW DO I START TO GET MY PART OF THE EUQUITY MONEY FROM MY HOUSE AFTER THE DIVORCE?

    I MOVED FROM CALIFORNIA TO OREGON. MY SON IS OLDER NOW AND I WOULD LIKE TO GET MY SHARE OF THE EQUITY OF HE HOUSE THAT I DESIGNED AND LIVED IN FOR 14 YEARS.

    Shannon’s Answer

    It is not clear whether you were awarded a portion of the equity and you just want to enforce the judgment, or if something else happened regarding the house. You need to take your divorce judgment to an attorney (someone licensed in the state where you were divorced) and talk about your options.

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  • Can my son keep his name???

    I had a child with a man who didnt want kids. He even told me to get someone else to adopt him so he wouldnt have to take responsibility. He isnt even on the birth certificate...so i picked his name and did the BC in the hospital..so he has my las...

    Shannon’s Answer

    From what you have stated, you don't have to do anything at this point. The bio-father can request paternity testing, which it sounds like he has done, but that does not mean you have to change your son's name. If the bio-father wanted to have the name changed and you don't, he would have to file a petition with the court asking for the name change. You can object to that, too. Now that he is established as the biological father, you can seek child support from him (if you are on certain types of public assistance, the government will likely pursue it for you). He can also see parenting time and/or custody rights, too. If you are concerned about where to go from here, you should consult with an attorney privately.

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  • My wife left me in Oregon and moved to GA with no plan. She and I both want a divorce. What can I do to make this less Painful.

    I can't afford Alimony , Child support, and Pay her bills. I pay child support for my oldest son that is 15 can that be reduced to help support my other sons needs?

    Shannon’s Answer

    It sounds like you need to consult with an attorney privately. There are several issues in your post. One issue off the top will be where the divorce should be filed. That is going to depend mostly on where the children are and how long they have been there. Child support is based on several factors that are inserted into a calculator - there are potential ways to "rebut" the figure the calculator produces. You should invest in a consultation with an attorney to discuss your case specifics and options.

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  • What do we do when a detective refuses to investigate a child sex abuse case?

    I have a voice recording that several family members have heard where you can hear my 6year old grandson being molested. There is some background noise but you can hear the guy go in his room saying "you know what's going to happen if you say or ...

    Shannon’s Answer

    Have you called your local child abuse reporting hotline and/or child services (you will want to call the agency that is in the area that this man lives)? The child services number in La Grande is 541-963-4113.

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  • Am I at a disadvantage legally if I walked out on my marriage/home? I feel threatened when we disagree and need to know my right

    I recently loaned him 124,000 to remodel a house he owns to be able to sell it at market value. We ran out of money and it needs $50,000 more. It is being sold "as is" at a huge loss. He claims we were making decisions together, I disagree as I wa...

    Shannon’s Answer

    In a way it could depend on how long you have been gone and/or how the house payment, etc. has been paid (e.g. if you have been gone a long time and he has paid all of the payments, he may have a claim for more of the equity). Each case is unique, and yours sounds like no exception. It sounds like there is a lot of money at stake. You should definitely invest in a consultation with an attorney so you can learn about your case specific options.

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  • Can I get immediate custody of my child?

    Is there a way I can get immediate custody of my teenage child? Their mother and I have a parenting agreement but recently discovered the custodial parent has been arrested. I went to their hearing and my child was told by the custodial parent's s...

    Shannon’s Answer

    Yes, you might. It will probably depend on why the person was arrested, whether the child is at risk for imminent danger, and which Judge you have. You should consult with an attorney immediately.

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