Common Question: Under Oregon law, isn't there a certain age that my child will be able to decide custody or parenting time issues?
As of January 1, 2014, we have a new tool to protect victims of sexual assault called a Sexual Assault Protective Order or "SAPO" for short. We still have Family Abuse Protective Act restraining orders ("FAPAs") and a Stalking Protective Orders ("SPOs"). However, these Orders did not protect a victim that had a one-time encounter with a perpetrator. The FAPA restraining order requires a "relationship" between the parties and a SPO requires at least two incidences of conduct. The SAPO is meant to protect the people who fell through the gaps between these two orders.
Many exciting things are taking place at Aaby Family Law. First, we are moving! Our new office is located at 8705 SW Nimbus Avenue, Suite 230, Beaverton, OR 97008. The building is Creekside Five inside the Creekside Corporate Park. While we will miss our old location, our firm continues to grow and our current space can no longer accomodate our needs. The new office overlooks the Fanno Creek wetlands area and is still located conveniently off of Highway 217. While the new office is clearly nicer and larger, it still maintains the down to earth and unpretentious atmosphere of our old space. We anticipate the move will take place the last weekend of March with us up and running in the new space by April 1, 2014.
Parents frequently consult with me for help in creating a parenting schedule. A parenting schedule is simply a written summary of how much time each child will spend with each parent and how the parents will divide between them the decision-making authority related to the children. While the concept of a parenting schedule is simple, arriving at a parenting schedule that both parents can agree upon is anything but simple.
WebMD has a very good article on mistakes divorcing parents make when it comes to their children. While the majority of people going through divorce make their kids mental well-being their number one priority, it pointed out times when very well intentioned parents may be unintentionally causing damage. I liked the last section where the article suggested empowering the children with a "safe signal" such as quietly raising their hand when a parent is openly critizing their ex. The parent would agree to stop talking immediately and take their own time-out. See the article here: Mistakes Divorced Parents Make
Nationally syndicated columnist, Liz Pulliam Weston examines the economic impact on families when women quit their jobs to stay at home and care for the children. While this is the right decision for many families, it is a decision that has financial and career implications that are well worth considering. You can read Liz' column HERE.
The Huffington Post pubsliehd an article back in October 2013, by Laura Wasser, divorce attorney to many celebrities. Wasser shares top 10 rules divorcing couples (famous or not) should follow. We thought her insights were helpful and wanted to share.