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Consult with me to determine if a peaceable agreement between two married people is attainable before moving forward with any court proceedings.
Typically, once one party moves for a divorce through the court, the case time-line is up to the court system and each party's respective attorney's schedule.
However, if both parties feel that they can sit down together, with the guidance of a mediator, to reach an agreeable division of property and debt, the parties can attain a total dissolution of marriage in a matter of days or weeks.
Booking an appointment with a mediator would be an alternative to hiring separate attorneys to represent either side in a divorce.
In the event that two married people are contemplating divorce, please only contact me together to eliminate any possibility of one-sided consulting.
Please be aware that I am not a licensed attorney or a member of the Oregon State Bar. I cannot offer legal advice. I cannot represent either party in a divorce proceeding.
Custody and child support can almost always be settled outside of court without incurring any attorneys fees. Typically, parents are ordered to mediate as part of the court case anyway.
If you and the other parent are interested in working together to create a child support and custody arrangement without hiring attorneys, please do not hesitate to contact me. In a quick mediation session, the three of us can work toward an agreement that will be in the best interest of your children and conform to your individual schedules.
If you are looking to file a custody or child support case with the courts, please book an individual consult with me to learn about the the court procedures of a custody or child support case.
You can represent yourself in a custody or child support case by using the Court's guided forms and filing process which can save thousands of dollars in attorney's fees. This process is simple and self-explanatory and I am happy to assist along the way.
If you have been served with papers in a custody or child support case, please contact me individually to discuss how to respond in the case.
Please be aware that I am not a licensed attorney or a member of the Oregon State Bar. I cannot offer legal advice. I cannot represent either party in a custody or child support proceeding.
If you are already involved in a legal proceeding, whether it be a divorce or custody/child support matter or a small claims dispute, please reach out to me to discuss the possibility of mediation.
Mediation is a 2-4 hour session(s) where opposing parties attempt to reach an agreement in the presence of a neutral third-party mediator. A mediator provides insight and education regarding legal proceedings and assists both parties in reaching a fair settlement.
Often mediation is ordered by the court in the case anyway. Mediating early on saves potentially thousands of dollars in attorney's fees and can speed the case along.
There is no current standard or certification required to be a mediator in Oregon. Mediators are typically chosen based on experience and expertise.
My experience includes over five years of paralegal work in family law, criminal law, and property law, all of which requires significant planning and preparation for mediation. I have participated in hundreds of mediations. Additionally, I successfully completed the following courses in law school: Family Law, Oregon Family Law, Professional Responsibility, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Negotiations and Mediation.
Forms and Filing
You can represent yourself in most legal matters by filing your own paperwork with the courts. Representing yourself is called "pro se" representation.
All of the necessary forms are available online and can be submitted to the court immediately upon completion through the court's self-help site.
I can help you gain access to these forms and review the forms for completion. I am happy to go over the forms with you to explain the purpose of the forms and the legal terminology.
I can also teach you the procedure of filing forms with the courts and what to look out for when representing yourself throughout the case.
Please be aware that I am not a licensed attorney or a member of the Oregon State Bar. I cannot offer legal advice. I cannot represent either party in a legal proceeding.
If you end up requiring legal advice or seeking representation, I am happy to give you a referral.