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Eugene Family Law Attorney – FAQ

Are you thinking about filing for divorce but don’t know where to start? Are you receiving your child support payments on time? Have questions about custody issues? You may be in need of a Eugene, Oregon family law attorney. While no one enters into a marriage expecting it to end in divorce, it’s true that many marriages fail. Oregon Family Law attorneys are professionals who specialize in navigating these issues and providing expert advice in your time of need.  Divorces are emotional and have multiple factors to consider including custody, child support, alimony, and the division of assets. For your convenience we have provided some basic information that you will need to know.

How do I start the divorce process in Oregon?

eugene-oregon-family-law-attorneyThe first step in the divorce process is filing the petition for the disillusionment of marriage, which is the legal term for divorce. Once filed, the other party will be physically served a petition. They will have 30 days to present their response to the court.
Parties with children will be required to take a court approved parenting class and then go to mediation.

In mediation a parenting plan will be created that both parents will be instructed to follow. A parenting plan allows both parents to have the same process of parenting in both households. This is what makes family law attorneys so valuable and important in helping resolve issues to regain balance in family disputes. Our Eugene, Oregon family law attorneys and legal team will guide and support you through these difficult decisions. Find more info about divorce here.

How is child support determined in Oregon?

divorce-attorney-eugene-oregonThere are several factors that are considered when calculating child support. The income of both parents is taken into account, as well as the number of children being supported, and any special needs these children may have. Every applicable factor is identified in order to come up with a fair amount that will effectively support the child (or children.)
As your divorce attorney in Eugene, Oregon, we are your advocate. We understand finances are strained during this time. We will take the fear and confusion out of this process by fairly and accurately seeking compensation to support you and your (child/children). You can find more info about child custody here.

How is alimony determined in Oregon?

Spousal support or alimony is a very complicated aspect of divorce. Not only are there several factors to consider there are also different types of alimony (transitional, compensatory and maintenance). The length of the marriage, the income of each spouse, and the division of the assets are some of the multiple aspects taken into account by the courts.
Alimony is an emotional issue for many men and women facing this decision. Our team will advocate justly and assess your individual situation with the highest integrity for positive results.

Can my spouse keep me from getting a divorce in Oregon?

family-law-attorney-eugene-oregonNo, your spouse does not have the ability to stop you from divorcing them. They can contest different aspects of the divorce such as alimony or child support. If an agreement cannot be reached a trial will be set to resolve the issues.
When we represent you, resolution in a timely manner is our top priority. Our Eugene divorce lawyers will give you advice on how to defuse the emotional toll that this takes on your family.

What is the difference between a divorce and a legal separation?

The main difference between a divorce and a legal separation is that a divorce permanently ends the marriage. In both cases issues such as custody, alimony, and child support are resolved but a legal separation does not actually terminate the marriage. The parties have the ability to reconcile but if the problems in the marriage cannot be resolved the next and final step would be divorce.
As your family law attorney in Eugene we will guide you through the process of determining which option is best for your unique situation and guide you during every step of this new beginning. More info on Divorce.

How much does a Eugene, Oregon family law attorney cost?

Veralrud & Fowler generally bills family law practice on an hourly basis. We offer competitive prices and pride ourselves on giving our clients to full value of their time. In cases where the issues (legal and factual) are clear, we are often able to quote a basic fee for the service requested. If you have questions or want to talk to someone about your case, please give us a call at 541-345-3333, send us an e-mail at, or fill out the form below.

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