Oregon Divorce Lawyers

Robert Jesse Harris
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Hillsboro, OR Divorce Attorney with 32 years experience

Robert Harris is founder and president of Harris Law Firm. A medium sized law firm located in Hillsboro Oregon with a second office in Northeast Portland. Harris Law Firm is a general practice, with an emphasis on... Read More »
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David T. Johnson
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Salem, OR Divorce Attorney

Willamette University College of LawOregon and Washington
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Michael Romano
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Portland, OR Divorce Lawyer with 18 years experience

Mr. Romano attended Southern Oregon University (formerly Southern Oregon State College) in Ashland, Oregon where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, with a minor degree in Philosophy. He then... Read More »
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Joanna L. Posey
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Lake Oswego, OR Divorce Lawyer with 8 years experience
(503) 635-3548 385 1st Street
Suite 221
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Divorce and Family
Lewis & Clark Law School
Joanna Posey became a lawyer because she wanted to help people. Drawn to family law after opening her own practice, Joanna takes pride in being able to empower her clients during an otherwise stressful and emotionally charged time in their lives. She finds it extremely gratifying to help a client take the first steps toward a new beginning, and enjoys working to resolve the unique issues in each case.
Michael Romano
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Portland, OR Divorce Lawyer with 18 years experience
(503) 208-5529 111 SW 5th Ave.
Suite 3150
Portland, OR 97204
Divorce, Domestic Violence, Family and Juvenile
Willamette University College of Law
Mr. Romano attended Southern Oregon University (formerly Southern Oregon State College) in Ashland, Oregon where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science, with a minor degree in Philosophy. He then received his Juris Doctorate at Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon. While in law school, Mr. Romano clerked for the Marion County District Attorney’s Office and developed a taste for trial work. He was then admitted to the Oregon State Bar in 2000 and began his career as a prosecutor working in Klamath, Coos, and Deschutes Counties. In early 2006, he then opened his private...
Ryan Hamilton
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Sherwood, OR Divorce Attorney with 9 years experience
(503) 655-7199 16103 SW 1st St
Sherwood, OR 97140
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
Lewis & Clark College
I started my career working with the Multnomah County District Attorney in the domestic violence unit. I am now pursuing my dream of working closely with people who need help getting divorced and keeping their kids. My goal is to guide every client through this process by listening to their needs. Every spouse and parent has a story, and I will give your story a powerful voice in the courtroom.
Ryan M. Johnson
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Salem, OR Divorce Lawyer with 9 years experience
(503) 990-6641 388 State Street
Suite #940
Salem, OR 97301
Divorce, Domestic Violence, Family and Juvenile
University of Oregon
Ryan is a native of Salem, Oregon, and a graduate of Sprague High School. After high school, Ryan went on a two-year church mission to Venezuela, where he became fluent in Spanish. He later enrolled at Brigham Young University, and after running his own business for four years, decided he wanted to help others by becoming a lawyer. This led him to enroll in the University Of Connecticut School Of Law. After a year, Ryan returned to his roots and transferred to the University of Oregon to finish his degree. He earned numerous academic awards and achievements as both an...
Joanne Reisman
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Portland, OR Divorce Lawyer with 35 years experience
(503) 222-7401 732 SW 3rd Ave
Suite 304
Portland, OR 97204
Free ConsultationDivorce, Estate Planning, Family and Probate
Lewis & Clark Law School
Portland Legal Services specializes in Personalized Advocacy. This is a full service civil law firm. We cross specialize in several related areas of the law which means that we can offer you comprehensive solutions to difficult issues that require knowledge in several legal sub-specialties. We can help you with issues in the areas of: Family Law (Divorce, Custody, Support), Paternity, Bankruptcy (Chapter 7), Wills, Trusts, Estate Planning, Elder Law (Special Needs Trusts), Probate, Conservatorships, Guardianships, , Personal Injury, Auto Accidents, Small Business, Real Estate, and Civil Litigation. If you don't see your problem area listed...
Brent Goodfellow
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McMinnville, OR Divorce Attorney with 15 years experience
(503) 472-9090 105 N.E. 4th Street
McMinnville, OR 97128
Divorce, Business, Family and Personal Injury
Willamette University College of Law
Mr. Goodfellow was admitted in 2003 to practice law in Oregon State Courts and in 2008 in the US District Court of Oregon. His judicial experience includes, McMinnville Municipal Court Judge Pro Tempore (2006-October, 2008); Carlton Municipal Court Judge Pro Tempore (April, 2007-October, 2008); and Circuit Court Judge Pro Tempore (October, 2008-2016). He was selected as a SuperLawyer Rising Star an unprecedented five straight years (2010-2015). This award goes to only the top 2.5 percent of Oregon lawyers as selected by his peers. He has been featured on Good Morning America, ABC World News Tonight, Inside Edition, The...
Collin C. McKean
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Portland, OR Divorce Lawyer with 12 years experience
(503) 567-7967 1140 SW 11th Avenue
Suite 400
Portland, OR 97205
Divorce and Family
Lewis & Clark Law School
I represent individuals and small business owners in Oregon and SW Washington. I specialize in complex and business related dissolution actions. My cases are typically in Washington, Multnomah or Clackamas Counties in Oregon and Clark, Cowlitz or Skamania Counties in Washington. I also handle cases other counties throughout Oregon and Washington, including Clatsop County, Lane County, Linn County, Marion County, Columbia County, and Grant County. Each county has different local rules that apply to family law cases. I am committed to making sure that I keep up to date on changes to rules of practice for each county I...
Elizabeth Elaine Christy
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Lake Oswego, OR Divorce Attorney with 11 years experience
(503) 847-2900 5200 SW Meadows Road
Lake Oswego, OR 97035
Divorce and Family
Golden Gate University School of Law
Jeffrey Matthews
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Portland, OR Divorce Attorney with 36 years experience
(971) 264-9827 1000 SW Broadway St
Suite 1810
Portland, OR 97205
Divorce and Family
University of Oregon School of Law
Jeffrey Matthews is a partner at McKinley Irvin who has been practicing family law in Oregon for more than 30 years. Jeff handles a wide range of family law matters, including the valuation and protection of high net worth estates, business interests, and other issues involving property distribution, as well as high conflict custody litigation. As a family law advocate, he considers himself both a guide and an advocate. He is committed to helping clients protect what matters most to them. He has represented clients in over 100 trials and hearings throughout his career, but also focuses on cooperative communication...
Blaine Clooten
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Hermiston, OR Divorce Lawyer with 5 years experience
(541) 667-7993 230 SE 4th Street
Hermiston, OR 97838
Divorce, Bankruptcy and Family
University of Oregon School of Law
An Oregon native, I received both my undergraduate degree and law degree from the University of Oregon, and now practice law in Hermiston and Pendleton Oregon. I spent over six years in the business world prior to earning my bar license, and apply both law and practical business application to develop solutions to client's individual problems. My total experience ranges from national companies on the stock exchange, to individual people. Every client dilemma is unique, and requires critical thinking to reach the best outcome. Choosing a lawyer is often a difficult decision for people in...
Deidra Cherzan
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Bend, OR Divorce Lawyer with 25 years experience
1107 NE Revere Ave
Bend, OR 97701
Divorce, Business, Estate Planning and Family
University of Washington School of Law
Deidra is an attorney and Certified Public Accountant licensed in Oregon, Washington and Colorado with more than 18 years experience practicing law. Prior to becoming an attorney Deidra was a Captain in the United States Air Force, an auditor and management consultant with a national accounting firm and a business associate in several corporations. She strives to bring excellence to her practice and to assist her clients with difficult life and business transitions.
David T. Johnson
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Salem, OR Divorce Attorney with 6 years experience
(503) 575-1332 117 Commercial St. NE Suite 275
Salem, OR 97301
Free ConsultationDivorce, Bankruptcy, Family and Nursing Home
Willamette University College of Law
Vincent J. Bernabei
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Beaverton, OR Divorce Attorney with 34 years experience
(503) 443-1177 Cascade Square, Suite 102
8625 SW Cascade Avenue
Beaverton, OR 97008
Free ConsultationDivorce, Domestic Violence, Family and Personal Injury
Lewis & Clark Law School
Stephen Palmer
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Newberg, OR Divorce Lawyer with 24 years experience
515 E 1st St
Newberg, OR 97132
Divorce, Criminal, DUI and Family
University of Oregon
Steve has been practicing law since 1994, graduating from University of Oregon Law School where he served on the Managerial Board of the Oregon Law Review. Steve has served as a Municipal Court Judge for the Cities of Newberg, Sherwood, Dayton, Dundee, Yamhill-Carlton, and McMinnville and he is a current member of the Domestic Relations Section of the Oregon State Bar, and the Yamhill County Bar Association. Steve is a managing partner at the law firm, Brown Tarlow Bridges, & Palmer, PC in Newberg, Oregon. Steve's practice focuces primarily on: Family Law including: Complex Dissolutions & Legal Separations, Custody, Parenting Time and...
Scott O Carter
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Klamath Falls, OR Divorce Lawyer with 23 years experience
(541) 882-4504 125 S 6th Street
Klamath Falls, OR 97601
Free ConsultationDivorce, Criminal, Family and Juvenile
Willamette University College of Law
Mr, Carter has been practicing law in Oregon courts for over 20 years. He speaks fluent Spanish. After graduating from law school, Mr. Carter began practicing law in 1995 at Garland and Associates in Hillsboro, Oregon. Two years later, he accepted a position as a Deputy District Attorney I Klamath County- a position he would hold or over seven years. Mr. Carter then opened his private practice,
Casey Sanders
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Portland, OR Divorce Lawyer with 7 years experience
(971) 264-9827 1000 SW Broadway
Suite 1810
Portland, OR 97205
Divorce and Family
University of Oregon School of Law
Family law attorney Casey Sanders is fiercely committed to his client’s well-being. He understands that his clients are dealing with stress and uncertainty, and is determined to protect what is most important to them. Casey focuses his practice on divorce and custody cases, including parenting plans and parenting plan modifications. He is an active member of the Vancouver community and the Clark County Bar Association. He currently serves as the Vice President of the Clark County Bar Association Family Law Section.
Shelley Fuller
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Beaverton, OR Divorce Lawyer with 20 years experience
(503) 626-1808 4800 SW Griffith Drive
Suite 230
Beaverton, OR 97005
Divorce, Criminal, DUI and Family
Seattle University School of Law
Shelley has been practicing law in Oregon for the last 18 years. While originally from Wisconsin, she has called Oregon home for the last 25 years and has no desire to live anywhere else. She has been a solo practitioner / small business owner since 2002 when she opened her own practice. She is dedicated to providing outstanding legal advice to her clients by advocating zealously, advising honestly and litigating tirelessly when needed.
Kenneth McNeil
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Hillsboro, OR Divorce Attorney with 27 years experience
(503) 615-8336 1323 NE Orenco Station Pkwy
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Divorce and Family
University of Oregon School of Law
I have worked as an attorney in Washington County since 1991. I received my Juris Doctor from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1990, and a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, degree from Whitman College in 1987. I was on the Board of Directors of the Washington County Bar Association and am a past president of that organization. I am a member of the Oregon State Bar Family Law Section. I focus on helping clients with family law issues. You can learn more about me and my practice at www.mcneillawoffice.com.
Teresa Loustaunau Foster
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Portland, OR Divorce Lawyer with 21 years experience
(971) 264-9827 1000 SW Broadway
Suite 1810
Portland, OR 97205
Divorce and Family
Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, Arizona State University
Teresa Foster is Partner in Charge at McKinley Irvin's Vancouver office. A former social worker, she is now regarded as one of the most skilled family law attorneys in Vancouver. Teresa is a knowledgeable and formidable advocate with exceptional courtroom skills who focuses her practice on complex divorce cases, especially those involving high net worth property division, complex child custody issues, international family law, relocation, third party custody, and unmarried couples. She has successfully litigated cases in both Washington and Oregon. Teresa believes in providing her clients with personalized and responsive service, keeping her clients informed on the status of...
Lauren Barnhart
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Portland, OR Divorce Lawyer with 5 years experience
(503) 227-0200 9320 Southwest Barbur Blvd
#160
Portland, OR 97219
Divorce, Estate Planning, Family and Probate
Willamette University College of Law
Lauren Barnhart was always fascinated with “the rules.” She believes that rules create predictability and clarity, and apply to everyone equally. It was this fascination with rules that led Lauren to become an attorney. As an attorney, Lauren helps families navigate through what can be the most difficult time of their lives-divorce. She works to develop a relationship with her clients and demonstrate that their case genuinely matters. Lauren was born and raised in Tacoma, Washington, and was a member in the Tacoma Youth Symphony where she performed at Carnegie Hall. When Lauren is not assisting...
Annelisa Smith
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Portland, OR Divorce Lawyer with 12 years experience
(503) 567-7967 1140 SW 11th Ave Ste 400
Portland, OR 97205
Divorce and Family
Vermont Law School
Kathy Proctor
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Beaverton, OR Divorce Lawyer
(503) 352-0731 17933 NW Evergreen Pkwy., Ste. 111
Beaverton, OR 97006
Divorce, Criminal, DUI and Family
Willamette University
Erica Strader
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Bend, OR Divorce Lawyer
(541) 306-2060 404 SW Columbia Street
Suite 150
Bend, OR 97702
Divorce, Criminal and Family
University of Oregon School of Law
Prior to joining Baxter Harder, Erica was an associate attorney at Stahancyk, Kent & Hook in Bend and Prineville. During her time there, Erica handled a variety of family law cases, including high-conflict custody and parenting time disputes, divorces, and restraining orders. Erica has also worked in the Deschutes County District Attorney’s Office. During that time, she appeared in court on behalf of the State for a number of criminal matters. While in law school, Erica worked as a judicial extern for the Lane County Circuit Court, where she gained additional valuable courtroom experience. Before moving to Oregon, Erica worked...
Joel Jamon Kent
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Bend, OR Divorce Lawyer with 22 years experience
(541) 318-9115 158 NE Greenwood Ave.
Bend, OR 97701
Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
Seattle University School of Law
Focused practice in high asset and complex divorce and custody issues.
Rita Herrera Irvin
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Portland, OR Divorce Attorney with 27 years experience
(971) 264-9827 1000 SW Broadway
Suite 1810
Portland, OR 97205
Divorce and Family
Seattle University School of Law
Rita Herrera Irvin is a partner at McKinley Irvin, one of the largest and most exceptional family law firms in the Pacific Northwest region. She helped found the firm with Sands McKinley in 1991. Rita prides herself on being a tough advocate for her clients so that they can have the best possible chance of success. She takes the time to get to know her clients so that their goals can become her goals. Rita attended Seattle University School of Law, graduating with her J.D. in 1991. She is also a past board member with Centro Latino, a Trustee with...
Amy N. Velazquez
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Hillsboro, OR Divorce Attorney with 14 years experience
(503) 648-4777 165 SE 26th Ave
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Divorce, Criminal, Domestic Violence and Family
Willamette University College of Law
Nathan Christopher Holtey
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Portland, OR Divorce Attorney
(503) 224-9878 1140 SW 11th Ave
#4
Portland, OR 97205
Divorce and Family
University of Oregon School of Law
Nathan Holtey has been practicing law for over ten years. Raised in Ashland, OR, Nathan attended Tufts University in Boston, MA, before coming back to Oregon and attending the University of Oregon School of Law. Nathan enjoys the practice of law and assisting clients with achieving excellent results. He focuses his practice on family law and criminal defense, and has handled every type of matter from 24 hour notice Restraining Order and Emergency Custody hearings to high asset divorces involving multiple businesses, spousal support, and complex property division.
Jessica Larsen
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Salem, OR Divorce Lawyer
(503) 396-4996 2361 State St.
Salem, OR 97301
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Willamette University College of Law
Jessica values the preservation of familial relationships for the sake of family unity and ensuring simplicity in future dispute resolutions. She understands that each family is different, and is committed to working toward solutions that best fit the needs of you and your family.
Grant Richard Burton
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Hillsboro, OR Divorce Lawyer with 17 years experience
161 NW Adams Ave #300
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Divorce, Business, Estate Planning and Family
I am the President of Hillsboro Law Group PC, an Oregon law firm dedicated to helping clients find long-term solutions to difficult legal issues. My practice focuses on family law and wills, trusts, and estates.
Samantha Hazel
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Portland, OR Divorce Lawyer with 17 years experience
(503) 395-0244 1000 SW Broadway St.
Suite 1810
Portland, OR 97205
Divorce and Family
University of Oregon School of Law
My clients seek excellent advocacy as well as someone to help them through what is often a very difficult and stressful time. I provide that.
Peter Bunch
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Portland, OR Divorce Attorney with 25 years experience
(503) 688-5123 1200 NW Naito Parkway Suite 450
Portland, OR 97209
Divorce and Family
Gonzaga University School of Law
Peter graduated from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1993, where he was a Thomas More Scholar and an associate editor of the Gonzaga Law Review. Following graduation, Peter worked for two years as a law clerk for the Honorable Edward Warren of the Oregon Court of Appeals. He then joined the law firm of Kennedy, King, and Zimmer. While at that firm, Peter worked on many different kinds of cases, including complex environmental litigation, business disputes, attorney and medical malpractice, appeals, and family law.

In 1998, Gary Zimmer asked Peter to join him in forming a new law firm, where...
John Kim
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Eugene, OR Divorce Lawyer with 28 years experience
(541) 689-3066 856 Olive St.
Suite 103
Eugene, OR 97401
Divorce, Criminal, Family and Juvenile
University of Oregon School of Law
Jack Dekovich
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Portland, OR Divorce Attorney with 5 years experience
(503) 227-0200 9320 Southwest Barbur Blvd
#160
Portland, OR 97219
Divorce, Estate Planning, Family and Probate
Willamette University College of Law
Portland Divorce Lawyer, Jack Dekovich takes pride in preserving what he believes is Western civilization’s greatest contribution to the world: The Common Law system. “I love educating my clients-that although imperfect, the rule of law belongs to all of us.” Prior to attending law school, Jack was a volunteer teacher at the University of Detroit Jesuit High School. He also lived in Cameroon for several months teaching English and doing various community projects. In his spare time, Jack plays guitar, trombone, sings in a band and plays ice hockey on two community teams.
Kathryn Bourn
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Gresham, OR Divorce Lawyer with 23 years experience
(503) 492-4229 1217 N.E. Burnside Road, Suite 204
Gresham, OR 97030
Divorce, Domestic Violence, Family and Probate
Cornell University
I have made helping people through divorces and custody disputes my life's work. I have over 13 years experience handling family law matters, ranging from complex, high-asset divorces to messy custody battles with allegations of abuse to helping homemakers ensure they receive enough support to start over. I also have extensive experience representing abused and neglected children in foster care and in helping grandparents protect children.

I began my legal career prosecuting domestic assaults in the Clatsop County District Attorney's Office. Using my litigation experience, I opened and ran my own family law and bankruptcy practice in Astoria for 11 years....
Christine Hayes
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Portland, OR Divorce Attorney with 6 years experience
(971) 264-9827 1000 SW Broadway
Suite 1810
Portland, OR 97205
Divorce and Family
Gonzaga University School of Law
As a family law practitioner, I am motivated by helping people through complex and emotionally difficult legal situations. I work with each client to define their goals and then provide an effective strategy well supported in the law to achieve those objectives. I focus my practice on family law issues, including divorce, child custody, child support, modifications, and relocation. I also handle collaborative divorce, de facto parentage and non-parental custody, step-parent adoption, and LGBT family law. Before becoming an attorney, I worked for the Whatcom County Sheriff's Office as a legal advocate for victims of domestic violence and sexual...
Jason Pierson
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Portland, OR Divorce Lawyer with 3 years experience
(503) 974-6833 3115 NE Sandy Blvd. Suite 222
Portland, OR 97232
Divorce, Estate Planning, Family and Probate
University of Oregon School of Law
Jason Pierson became a lawyer to be a voice for people who feel trivialized by divorce-especially children. During a divorce, a child can sometimes feel as though their opinion doesn’t matter. Jason’s passion is to advocate for his client's children and help them succeed. Prior to attending law school, Jason worked as a paralegal in Las Vegas mostly in construction defect law firms for about eight years.
Lesley V. Herring
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Beaverton, OR Divorce Lawyer with 6 years experience
(503) 649-6333 18255 SW Tualatin Valley Hwy
Beaverton, OR 97006
Free ConsultationDivorce, Estate Planning, Family and Probate
Michigan State University
Lesley V. Herring is a native of Louisiana who moved to Portland, Oregon in 2011. She completed her undergraduate degree from Texas A&M University in 2003 and obtained her Master’s Degree in Philosophy in 2005. Ms. Herring received her J.D. from Michigan State University in 2010. She has dedicated her legal practice to the areas of family law and estate planning. Ms. Herring takes a direct and pragmatic approach in advising her clients and developing solutions which fit their needs. She is a strong advocate for children’s rights.
Edward Kroll
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6125 NE Cornell Rd
suite 360
Hillsboro, OR 97124
Hillsboro, OR Divorce Attorney with 11 years experience
Divorce, Criminal, Domestic Violence and Family
University of Oregon School of Law
I am a former prosecutor with Multnomah County. I have extensive trial experience. My practice focuses primarily on Criminal, Traffic, and Family Law, but I will also take some civil litigation. I promise each client courtesy, care, and results. Please look at my website www.portlandcriminallawfirm.com for more information. With your case, experience counts. I have that experience and I will fight for you.
Robert Jesse Harris
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Hillsboro, OR Divorce Attorney with 32 years experience
(503) 648-4777 165 SE 26th Ave
Hillsboro, OR 97123
Divorce, DUI, Family and Personal Injury
Lewis & Clark Law School
Robert Harris is founder and president of Harris Law Firm. A medium sized law firm located in Hillsboro Oregon with a second office in Northeast Portland.

Harris Law Firm is a general practice, with an emphasis on litigation, specializing in:
+ Personal Injury
+ Family law
+ Criminal Law and DUII.

Harris Law Firm has earned the highest rating from Martindale Hubbell: Preeminent AV rated. Indicating excellence in the legal field and the highest ethical standards, as well as perfect 10.0 ratings from AVVO

Sean M Trimble
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Madras, OR Divorce Lawyer with 11 years experience
(541) 359-2228 34 South East D Street
Madras, OR 97741
Divorce, Domestic Violence, Family and Juvenile
Oak Brook College of Law
If you are feeling lost, I can help. I have helped clients with family, criminal, estate, and contract needs and would honored to have the opportunity to help you.
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Considering divorce?

If a person wishes to terminate his or her marriage, he or she may file for a divorce. In a divorce proceeding, the court will terminate the marriage and determine the rights and responsibilities of the divorcing parties regarding child custody, child visitation, child support and spousal support (alimony). The court will also redistribute marital assets.

Depending on where you reside and where your assets are, the division of property can be a very simple or very complex process. Disputes often arise during this phase of a divorce if the two parties disagree as to who should receive which assets or property.

Finding a divorce lawyer who is experienced and reliable can reduce your stress and help you make the best choices possible. A good divorce lawyer should be a problem solver who is skilled at negotiation and possesses a solid trial background. If both parties are open to alternative dispute resolution, such as arbitration or mediation, finding a lawyer experienced in collaborative divorce or divorce mediation would be beneficial.

Divorce lawyers also handle child custody issues, including multi-state and international child custody situations. Some divorce lawyers may be certified by their states as being family law specialists. Certification often requires that a lawyer meet certain experience and educational criteria.


Legal Custody: A parent with legal custody has the right to decide on the child's upbringing, education, and medical care. A court may grant legal custody to one parent (sole legal custody) or both parents (joint legal custody).

Separate Property: Property acquired before marriage or during the marriage as a gift or inheritance, or bought during marriage with separate property.