Coast Family Law delivers quality, responsive legal service to those living on the north Oregon coast facing family law issues such as divorce or a custody dispute. With offices in Gearhart and Tillamook, we serve the cities of Astoria, Seaside, Lincoln City, Newport, and the surrounding communities.
Legal matters are never easy, especially when they involve the most important people and aspects of your life. At Coast Family Law, we help you navigate your family dispute and achieve the best results as efficiently as possible.
Family law matters require not only a full understanding of the complex legal aspects of a domestic relations case, but an appreciation for the sensitive and highly personal nature of the issues involved in each case. We take time with each client in an effort to understand their primary concerns and goals. We explain legal issues such as custody, parenting time, division of assets, and support, while guiding our clients towards a cost-effective and timely resolution of their family law matters.
Our experience and knowledge of Oregon family law issues help you achieve faster and more satisfying results, often avoiding drawn-out courtroom battles that set your family back financially and emotionally for years to come. We embrace challenges and strive to deliver family-oriented solutions to support you in your transition.
There is no set price for a child custody and parenting time case. The court charges a filing fee for petitions and responses. There are also additional fees for services, settlement conferences, and the trial. The more hearings it takes to resolve your case, the more you will pay. The same is true for attorney fees. The longer, and more complicated your case becomes, the more you can expect to pay in legal fees.
Oregon is a “no-fault” divorce state. That means if either spouse or partner wants to dissolve the marriage, that spouse may request a dissolution of marriage without showing the other has done anything wrong. Instead, your Oregon divorce lawyer will help you prepare a petition that cites “irreconcilable differences that have caused the irremediable breakdown of the marriage.” In other words, that the marriage has broken down and can’t be fixed.
Oregon family law judges apply the same rules for child custody and parenting time in a divorce or custody action between unmarried parents. The court will consider what is best for the child before awarding child custody (decision-making authority) and creating a parenting time plan that assigns visitation times for each parent. In most cases, the court will encourage the parties to resolve child custody and parenting time disputes themselves through mediation and other forms of negotiation. This is generally best for all involved. However, when the parties cannot agree, the court is able to make the final decision.
Alimony is now called spousal support or partner support. It isn’t granted in every case, but if you have been in a long marriage, need help transitioning back into the workforce, or have become used to a particular lifestyle, the court may grant you spousal support. This award could be transitional (short-term), compensatory (part of the distribution of assets), or maintenance support.