If you are thinking about adopting a child, then you are no doubt filled with excitement at the prospect of starting your family and also nervous about how the process will work.  An experienced Portland adoption attorney can help you successfully navigate this incredibly life-changing experience and make it rewarding instead of stressful.  Instead of becoming overwhelmed with trying to figure out how Oregon adoption laws work, you can focus on everything else that is involved with the adoption process and look towards a future filled with family and love.

In order to determine if an adoption attorney is right for you, feel free to ask them questions about their experience and background in the area of adoption law.  It’s a good idea to ask about how many adoptions they have completed, how long they have worked in adoption, and what types of services they provide.  It can also be helpful to ask them how they feel about the different types of adoption out there (i.e. open adoption versus closed adoption), and to ask about how much they typically charge for an adoption.   The answers will typically differ from attorney to attorney, so be sure to carefully consider what each potential candidate says before making your final choice.  This is the best way to get through the adoption process, and will help you be well on your way to getting the family you’ve always dreamed of.

Are you unsatisfied with the amount of time you are getting with your kids?  If you’d like to start seeing them as much as you deserve and your kids need, then it’s time to consider modifying parenting time (visitation) in Oregon.  For those who are looking to modify parenting time, there are some steps you can take that can help you get the most positive outcome.  By doing your part and working with an experienced family law lawyer that you can trust, you’ll be taking a step in the right direction when it comes to maintaining a great relationship with your kids.

Before you start the process of modifying parenting time (visitation), it’s a good idea to do some research to find the most appropriate lawyer for you and to make sure that you have all of your information and paperwork organized.  Always show up to meetings with your lawyers and the courts with all of the necessary items needed for your case, including letters of recommendation, parenting time diaries and any other pertinent information.

If you are hoping to get more parenting time, you also need to make sure that you are standing up to your end of the current parenting time order or agreement and that you are always there for your kids when they need you.  If your kids are happy about seeing you and you are there for them when you say you are going to be, then the judge will definitely take notice.  If you are simply trying to get custody or more parenting time to make the other parent mad and aren’t taking the time to foster and develop a good relationship with your kids, then the courts will notice that as well.  The most important thing that you can do to ensure that you have a meaningful, close connection with your children is to make the most of the parenting time that you are given, especially when you are seeking more parenting time.

In the end, keep in mind that any custody and parenting time arrangements that are worked out must be in the best interests of the kids and not just be what is the most convenient for the parents.  If you are trying to completely take away a child from the other parent, think about why.  Is it healthier for the child?  Are they living in harms way with the other parent?  If not, then it is always better to have two parents in the child’s life. The best thing that you can do for your child is to minimize the conflict whenever possible.  Therefore, before you begin a fight over custody or parenting time, make sure that you are fighting for your child and your relationship with your child.

Going through a divorce can be difficult and stressful.  A difficult divorce can be made even tougher when there are kids involved, because the laws can be difficult to navigate when you don’t know what you are doing.  The stress of dealing with the legal process, combined with the strong emotions that can pop up on both sides when divorce is involved, makes it easy to understand why so many divorces end up being messy and complicated.

If you are involved in a high conflict divorce with possible custody issues, you need to be careful about how you choose to interact with the other parent.  Be careful about what you post on-line and what you write in e-mails and text messages to the other parent.  If one parent is hostile to the other parent or interfers with the other parent’s contact or relationship with the child, that parent is risking losing custody or parenting time in future court proceedings.  How you act while your case is pending can have a significant impact on how successful you will be in obtaining the results that you want.

A high conflict divorce Oregon lawyer can help you navigate through a high conflict divorce.  A lawyer that specializes in helping clients deal with high conflict divorce cases will help you protect your legal rights, and can assist you with dealing with the stress and legal complications that may arise in a divorce proceeding.


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