Divorce Attorney in Portland | Martin Law Firm, P.C.

Divorce Attorney in Portland | The Martin Law Firm, P.C.
Divorce Cases With or Without Children

The Martin Law Firm, P.C. handles simple or complex divorce cases in the Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington metropolitan area and beyond in both states. The firm has contacts with experts in the area of tax law, forensic accounting, personal property valuation, pension valuation and child custody and visitation evaluations in order to assist in obtaining the best results for the client in the divorce (dissolution) proceedings.

Divorce - General Information

A divorce in either Oregon or Washington typically involves dividing the assets and liabilities of the parties in an equitable matter. Often times, one of the parties will require spousal support, child support or both. Regardless of the state in which your divorce is filed, if you have children, a parenting plan will be required to establish child custody, parenting time, residential time, and decision-making. Going through a divorce can be the single most stressful and emotional draining periods in a person's life. There are many important decisions to be made during the divorce process that can be difficult to make without competent, knowledgeable legal representation. You should select a lawyer with whom you feel you can trust. Your lawyer is your advocate. It is imperative for you to feel that you can talk openly with your lawyer and that your lawyer is furthering your objectives in the dissolution proceeding so long as your objectives are supported by the law.

Children and Divorce: Parenting Plan

Divorcing parents will need to create an appropriate parenting plan that serves in the child's best interests. Ultimately, it is best for the parents to work together to come up with a parenting plan. However, if the parents cannot agree to a parenting plan, most Oregon counties require the parents to participate in mediation before a court will make a final decision in the matter. Oregon also requires the parents to complete a parenting class that is offered in the county where the case has been filed. There is no such requirement in Washington.

Children and Divorce: Evaluating Child Custody & Child Visitation Time

One or both parents may also choose to have a formal child custody, parenting time evaluation conducted to determine which parent should be the primary custodial parent and what the parenting time/residential schedule should be for the parents and the child. The custody evaluator is typically a licensed social worker, but may have other credentials such as a degree in psychology. The custody evaluator will interview both parents extensively, meet with the child, observe the child while interacting separately with each of the parents, and interview collateral references. If the facts of the case justify it, psychological testing will be ordered for one or both parents as well as drug and alcohol testing. At the conclusion of this process the custody evaluator will issue a written report to the attorneys representing the parents which contains recommendation regarding custody and visitation. A parent may challenge the recommendation in court.

Children and Divorce: Calculating & Paying Child Support

Regardless of whether your divorce case is filed in Oregon or Washington, one of the parents will be ordered to pay the other parent child support. Both Oregon and Washington have child support guidelines and worksheets/calculations which specify the amount of support that should be paid based on a number of factors including, but not limited to, the incomes of the parents, the visitation schedule, daycare and medical insurance costs.

About Lisa E. Martin
Divorce Attorney |Child Custody Attorney | Child Support Attorney | Family Law Attorney

Lisa Martin has over ten years experience in the area of family law and has litigated numerous divorce both Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington, and in other locales and counties within Oregon and Washington, including arguing pre and post-judgment motions and trying divorce cases involving minimal and significant assets. Lisa prides herself in being both compassionate and empathetic toward any client who comes though the door, regardless of his/her situation. Her clients regard her as very approachable and easy to talk to. She has been successful in settling many divorce cases to her clients' satisfaction, thus saving them hundreds of dollars in legal fees that are often associated with taking a divorce case all the way to trial. While Lisa strongly believes that parties should make every effort to resolve his/her case outside of the courtroom whenever possible, she will not hesitate to take a case to trial when the situation calls for resolution by a judge.

Divorce Lawyer Lisa Martin represents family law clients in Clark County, Washington as well as Multnomah, Washington, Clackamas, Columbia and Yamhill County, Oregon, including the cities of Vancouver, Camas, Battle Ground, Ridgefield, Washougal, Portland, Tualatin, Wilsonville, Sherwood, Gresham, Hillsboro, Lake Oswego, West Linn, Beaverton, Tigard, St. Helens and Scapoose. To set up an appointment to speak with Ms. Martin, please call 503-220-1620.

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