Esteemed Divorce & Family Law Firm Serving the Needs of Portland Area Clients
If you are facing divorce or other family law issues, it is crucial that you secure high-quality legal representation as you proceed. Your life and those of your spouse and/or children are simply too important to take any risks with your counsel. Lee Tyler Family Law, P.C. has been helping Oregon and southwest Washington family law clients resolve their issues and move forward for over 30 years and we are eager to do the same for you.
Many people choose to represent themselves in divorce proceedings, for a number of different reasons. If you are undertaking this challenge yourself it is always wise to ensure you have some insight into the entire process before you forge ahead. Issues such as the division of your shared property and debt, child custody and support, spousal support/alimony, and others will seriously impact your life going forth. Our firm offers divorce coaching and consultation to clients who are contemplating representing themselves in a divorce, to ensure you reach the best resolution possible for you and your family.
Unsurprisingly, most people dread having their personal issues aired in court during a divorce. There are fortunately alternatives to this, including collaborative divorce. A collaborative divorce is one in which the couple commits to reaching an agreement to the terms outside of the courtroom through a series of mediation and negotiation meetings. If this seems like a better arrangement for you and your spouse, we are well-equipped to facilitate the process.
If you are in a same-sex marriage, the divorce process is identical to that of a heterosexual union. That being said, many individuals in a same-sex marriage feel more comfortable working with an attorney who is committed to providing a judgment-free office environment. Our firm is welcoming and inclusive; we are here to help you move forward.
One of the most stressful aspects of a divorce is the division of assets, such as your home, cars, stock market investments, and more. Furthermore, debt acquired by the both of you doesn’t go away; it, too, needs to be divvied up. This process tends to go much smoother when you can put together at least a preliminary plan before you go to court. We can help you determine what is realistic to expect to walk away with and offer to take on based on your new financial situation.
Some couples are fortunate enough to be in full agreement when it comes to ending their marriage and opt to file for an uncontested divorce. An uncontested divorce means that both parties want to divorce and have agreed to the terms of their divorce, such as the division of assets and debt, child custody and support, etc. They do not need a judge to make such determinations for them. Because these divorces are relatively quick and easy, we are happy to offer a fixed fee for uncontested cases.
In many cases, one spouse may be required to make spousal support, or alimony, payments to their ex-husband or wife. This is typically the case when one spouse earned significantly more money than the other during the course of their marriage, or if one is awarded the majority of shared assets. If you need help negotiating a spousal support agreement, we are here to help. We’ll assess your share of the marital assets, your employability, annual income, expenses, and more to determine what is a fair request or offer.
Many couples are able to avoid contentious court battles by first attempting to negotiate the terms of divorce through mediation. In mediation, you and your spouse will be able to offer suggestions about the division of your assets and debt, child custody, and other pertinent matters and work through these decisions together in a controlled environment. Clients who handle their divorces in mediation typically report being more satisfied with the outcome than those who leave the majority of the decision-making to a judge who doesn’t know them and their goals.
Perhaps the most important matter to work out during a divorce is child custody and parenting. Most parents want an equal division of custody and time with their children, but this isn’t always the case or possible. Whatever your personal goals are for this portion of your divorce, it is vital that you are well represented legally. We have over 30 years of experience helping people negotiate these difficult subjects and are more than prepared to go to bat for you and your children.
Once child custody is determined, the question of how the financial responsibilities will be divided must be answered. Usually, the parent without custody will be required to make monthly child support payments in order to fulfill their legal obligation to raising their child. We can help you prepare for negotiations and determine either what you think you will need from your spouse, or what you can reasonably afford to contribute.
There are many situations that may arise that warrant a change or modification in a child or spousal support agreement, but it is rarely easy to convince a judge to go ahead and make these changes permanent. If you need help amending any type of marital or divorce agreement, we are here to help. We’ll help you gather all the necessary documentation that backs up your claim and present it in a relatable manner in court.
If someone is stalking you or otherwise making you feel harassed or unsafe, they should be legally barred from interacting with you. We take pride in helping our clients protect themselves and will help you document everything that is going on in order to secure a restraining or stalking order for you. Don’t let this abuser ruin even one more day of your life — contact us immediately to get the help you need and deserve.
Premarital (also called prenuptial) agreements are used to protect any wealth one party acquired before the marriage. Some people may believe this means the spouse requesting the premarital agreement plans to divorce someday, but this is not the case. It is simply a wise way to protect assets. Whether you need assistance drafting a premarital agreement, or have been given one and need advice before signing it, we can provide the guidance you need.
Couples who live together but are not married have little in the way of legal protection when it comes to shared or individual assets, should the relationship end. Creating a domestic partnership or cohabitation agreement is a great way to avoid these hypothetical problems and can be very helpful if you do end up splitting with your partner. These can be as specific or vague as you wish; for example, some couples put in writing which percentage of household funds will be used for certain shared expenses and outline what happens should one of them pass away. Other couples simply use a boilerplate agreement that waives their rights to each other’s assets. We can advise you on what is best according to your goals for your life and your relationship.
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Whatever it is that you’re going through, you don’t need to do it alone. We are deeply committed to helping our clients resolve any family law issues and get back to living their lives in peace and the pursuit of happiness. Whether you are considering divorce or marriage, need help with a restraining order, or something else, we are glad to provide the exceptional legal experience and skill you need.