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Robert Jesse Harris
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Attorney with 32 years experience

Robert Harris is founder and president of Harris Velazquez Gibbens, Law Firm. A medium sized law firm located in Hillsboro Oregon with a second office in Northeast Portland. Our law firm focuses on litigation,... Read More »
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Michael Romano
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If you're facing a divorce, hire a strong & caring advocate.

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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Jeffrey Matthews
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Multnomah County, 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...
Joanne Reisman
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Multnomah County, 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...
Natalie Hedman
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Attorney with 10 years experience
(503) 506-7887 501 NE Hood Ave. Suite 333
Gresham, OR 97030
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Nova Southeastern University
Natalie Hedman's practice focuses on complex divorce, complex child custody cases, parenting time, child and spousal support, legal separations, domestic partnerships, modifications, division of assets and business interests. She also represents parents, grandparents, stepparents and other family members in defense of or requests for third-party custody and psychological parent rights. Natalie is especially passionate about child safety and regularly helps parents obtain temporary orders to protect a child’s psychological or physical welfare through immediate danger orders or status quo orders.

Natalie also has helped people on both sides of family abuse restraining orders, elder abuse restraining orders and sexual...
Michael Romano
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Lawyer with 19 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...
Collin C. McKean
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Lawyer with 13 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...
Kenneth Goodin
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Lawyer with 12 years experience
(541) 318-9115 Stahancyk, Kent & Hook P.C.
2400 SW Fourth Ave.
Portland, OR 97201
Divorce and Family
University of Oregon School of Law
Ken's Practice Emphases is on Complex Divorce Litigation, LGBT Family Law, Custody, and Juvenile Law Ken believes that thorough case preparation is the key to winning or negotiating the best outcome for his clients, which is his number one goal. Ken meticulously and methodically prepares his clients’ cases, building a foundation for a winning legal argument integrated with carefully researched legal precedent. Hard work is the cornerstone of Ken’s practice. Ken is also deeply devoted to his clients and takes a personal interest in each case. “People going through a difficult divorce or custody battle can get frustrated...
Mindy Stannard
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Attorney with 14 years experience
(503) 847-2900 1211 NW Glisan Street, Suite 203
Portland, OR 97209
Divorce and Family
Willamette University College of Law
Mindy Stannard handles divorce, custody, parenting time, paternity, child support and Family Abuse Prevention Act Restraining Order Cases. In addition, Mindy handles some juvenile court cases and some types of uncontested adoption proceedings. She is admitted to practice law in both Oregon and Washington.

Many of Mindy's current cases are in Multnomah, Clackamas, or Washington County. Mindy also handles cases in many other counties throughout the State of Oregon, including Clatsop County, Lane County, Linn County, Marion County and Columbia County. Each county has different local rules that apply to family law cases.

Mindy is committed to making sure that she keeps...
Teresa Loustaunau Foster
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Lawyer with 22 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...
Christine Hayes
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Attorney with 7 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...
Peter Diamond
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Lawyer
(503) 395-0244 1000 SW Broadway
Suite 1810
Portland, OR 97205
Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
Willamette University College of Law
Peter Diamond is a people-oriented attorney who was naturally drawn to family law after an extensive and diverse practice in business, real estate, estate planning, and general litigation.
Annelisa Smith
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Lawyer with 13 years experience
(503) 567-7967 1140 SW 11th Ave Ste 400
Portland, OR 97205
Divorce and Family
Vermont Law School
Casey Sanders
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Lawyer with 8 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.
Robert Jesse Harris
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Attorney with 32 years experience
(503) 648-4777 650 Northeast Holladay
Suite 1600
Portland, OR 97232
Divorce, Criminal, DUI and Family
Lewis & Clark Law School
Robert Harris is founder and president of Harris Velazquez Gibbens, Law Firm. A medium sized law firm located in Hillsboro Oregon with a second office in Northeast Portland.

Our law firm focuses on litigation, specializing in:
+ Personal Injury
+ Family law
+ Criminal Law and DUII.

Harris Velazquez Gibbens 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

Peter Bunch
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Attorney with 26 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...
Joel Jamon Kent
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Lawyer with 22 years experience
(503) 222-9115 2400 SW 4th Avenue
Portland, OR 97201
Divorce, Estate Planning and Family
Seattle University School of Law
Focused practice in high asset and complex divorce and custody issues.
Elizabeth Elaine Christy
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Attorney with 11 years experience
(503) 847-2900 1211 NW Glisan, #203
Portland , OR 97209
Divorce and Family
Golden Gate University School of Law
Rita Herrera Irvin
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Attorney with 28 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...
Jeffrey K Traylor
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Lawyer with 9 years experience
(503) 427-8054 1500 SW 1st Ave., Ste. 920
Portland, OR 97201
Free ConsultationDivorce, Family and Personal Injury
Lewis & Clark Law School
Jeffrey K. Traylor is a divorce, child custody, and personal injury attorney located in downtown Portland. He graduated from Lewis and Clark School of Law in 2009 and has been running Multnomah Legal LLC every since. He has handled every aspect of both family law and personal injury cases from filing to trial. Multnomah Legal strives to provide professional, personal, and caring representation that clients need at a cost that they can afford. The firm's motto is "your family's lawyer" and that philosophy is taken very seriously. At Multnomah Legal Jeffrey strives to be there when you need him, and...
Daniel Peters
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Lawyer with 34 years experience
(503) 243-1718 208 SW First Avenue
Ste. 340
Portland, OR 97204
Free ConsultationDivorce and Family
The University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law
Samuel James Kuzma
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Lawyer with 12 years experience
(503) 227-1515 115 NW 1st Avenue
Suite 400
Portland, OR 97209
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Wake Forest University School of Law
Lauren Barnhart
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Lawyer with 6 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...
Jason Pierson
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Lawyer with 4 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.
Lisa Kenn
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Attorney with 4 years experience
520 SW Sixth Avenue, #1010
Portland, OR 97204
Divorce, Domestic Violence and Family
Lewis & Clark Law School
Divorce and/or child custody conflicts with your spouse or partner will be one of the more stressful experiences of your life. As your attorney at Kramer & Associates, I will listen carefully to your concerns, and offer you practical and compassionate advise. I will work diligently to settle your case without subjecting you to needless litigation. However, if litigation becomes necessary, I will be your formidable courtroom advocate and ensure that you will not be bullied or taken advantage of by the other side.

My philosophy is always to be honest and direct with my clients...
Gary Zimmer
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Lawyer with 41 years experience
(503) 295-6191 1 SW Columbia St.
#680
Portland, OR 97258
Divorce and Family
Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Gary Zimmer has practiced family law since 1978. He obtained his undergraduate degree in 1972 from Cleveland State University. Gary received his law degree in 1975 from Case Western University. Before establishing his family law practice, Gary focused on commercial and personal injury litigation. He has tried cases to judges and juries. Gary has been a fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since January 18, 1992. He previously served as president of the Oregon chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and sat on the national board of directors of the Academy at the same time. Gary...
Lewis Irwin Landerholm
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Attorney
(503) 573-5566 9320 SW Barbur Boulevard
Suite 160
Portland, OR 97219
Divorce and Family
Willamette University College of Law
Lewis Landerholm grew up around family who served the public – families in particular. He became a divorce attorney in Portland so that he can help these individuals make the best out of a difficult situation. He began his career at the University of Oregon in Eugene, where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He went on to Willamette University College of Law for his Juris Doctor. While in law school, he served as a part time law clerk, where he earned invaluable experience. Attorney Landerholm is quickly making a name for himself as a dedicated family law attorney because of...
David Bean
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Attorney with 18 years experience
(503) 228-8448 621 SW Morrison St, Ste 1300
Portland, OR 97205
Divorce and Family
Lewis & Clark Law School
Lisa Naglins
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Attorney with 26 years experience
(503) 255-8036 150 SE 80th Ave
Portland, OR 97215
Divorce and Family
Lewis & Clark Law School
I graduated from Warner Pacific College, and then graduated in the top half of my class at Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College in 1992. I have practiced family law since early 1993, and have been at the same location, 150 SE 80th Avenue for over 20 years. My office is located in the historic Montavilla neighborhood of Southeast Portland, bordering on Northeast Portland and in the shadow of Mt. Tabor.
Nathan Christopher Holtey
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Multnomah County, 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.
Joel K Overlund
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Lawyer with 29 years experience
(503) 295-6191 680 Umpqua Bank Plaza
One SW Columbia Street
Portland, OR 97258
Divorce and Family
Willamette University College of Law
Joel’s practice experience includes all aspects of family law; dissolution of marriage, unmarried custody and parenting time, custody modifications and enforcement, third party custody; guardianships and domestic violence.
Adam Brittle
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Attorney with 12 years experience
(503) 445-1598 1318 SW 12th Ave
Portland, OR 97201
Divorce, Business, Domestic Violence and Family
Lewis & Clark College
Morgan Wren Long
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Attorney
(503) 683-3642 6637 SE Milwaukie Ave, Ste 207
Portland, OR 97202
Divorce, Domestic Violence, Family and Juvenile
Lewis & Clark Law School
My goal is to provide help to those who need it in a zealous, thorough, and compassionate manner. I first decided that I would become a lawyer at the age of ten, and have never once wavered in this decision. This decision was made after my mother became a foster parent. I saw how horribly the legal system can trample people, even children in need of protection from the state. I realized that lawyers can help people in a way that no one else can. As an attorney I have focused on criminal, juvenile, and family law...
Kathleen Kelly Moore
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Attorney with 40 years experience
(503) 222-0220 1000 Broadway Building
1000 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97205
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Domestic Violence and Family
Lewis & Clark Law School
I have focused my practice on the challenges families face including adoption, alternative dispute resolution, arbitration, bankruptcy, collaborative family law, conservatorships, custody, directives to physicians, divorce, domestic partnerships, elder issues, grandparent rights, guardianships, mediation, parenting time, paternity, prenuptial agreements, probates,trusts, visitation and wills. I limit the number of cases I accept to insure each client is given the personal attention their case deserves. I am trained in collaborative practice and have 30 years of experience in the courtroom. I have a psychology background and a network of mental and physical health care professionals and expert witnesses,...
Hansary Laforest
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Lawyer with 7 years experience
(503) 243-2733 520 SW 6th Avenue, #1010
Suite 500
Portland, OR 97204
Free ConsultationDivorce, Civil Rights and Family
Fordham University School of Law
Mark Kramer
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Lawyer with 37 years experience
(503) 243-2733 520 SW Sixth Ave
Suite 1010
Portland, OR 97204
Divorce, Civil Rights, Family and Personal Injury
Northeastern University School of Law
Mark Kramer, Attorney, specializes in family law and civil litigation including personal injury, civil rights, and employment cases. He has more than 35 years of trial experience and extensive experience in family law issues ranging from adoption and contested custody to grandparent and psychological parent rights. Mark has served as a pro-tem judge for the Multnomah County Circuit Court. As co-counsel for the Oregon State Judiciary Committee and in private practice, Mark drafted family law legislation that is now Oregon law. Mark is the author of several articles about family law and is a frequent speaker on the subjects of...
Conrad Hutterli
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Attorney with 35 years experience
(503) 299-6050 1000 SW Broadway Ste 2300
Portland, OR 97205
Divorce and Estate Planning
Willamette University College of Law
Jeremy Demetrius Macrigeanis
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Lawyer with 15 years experience
P.O. Box 11900
Portland, OR 97211
Divorce, Criminal and Family
University of California Hastings College of the Law
Daniel Margolin
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Attorney
(503) 546-6374 1001 SW Fifth Avenue, Ste 1300
Portland, OR 97204
Divorce, Appeals and Family
Benjamin O Falk
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Lawyer with 19 years experience
(971) 202-5117 202 SE Spokane Street
Suite 340-B
Portland, OR 97202
Divorce, DUI and Personal Injury
University of South Dakota School of Law
I firmly believe that battles in the legal arena, as well as in life, should be wisely and selectively chosen. I do my best in ensure that I'm giving the best advice I can, taking into account the costs of proceeding, the likelihood of success, the risks of defeat, and the realities of the mental and emotional toll that litigation can take on a person and their circle. I am married, have two kids, and enjoy playing golf, the guitar, and poker. More information can be found about me at www.benfalklaw.com. -Big Ben
Scot J. Eliot
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Lawyer with 18 years experience
819 SE Morrison Street
Suite 220
Portland, OR 97214
Divorce, Arbitration & Mediation, Consumer and Employment
Virgil Royer
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Multnomah County, OR Divorce Lawyer with 7 years experience
(503) 990-7672 111 SW 5th Avenue Suite 3150
Portland, OR 97204
Divorce, Family and Personal Injury
Willamette University College of Law
Virgil Royer, a graduate of the Willamette School of Law, practices law to assist people navigate through and successfully put behind the difficult times in their life. Mr. Royer represents people who have been injured in motor vehicle accidents and any accident that was caused by someone else's negligence. He enjoys helping people receive the compensation that they deserve. Mr. Royer will pursue your matter to trial to get a just award. Mr. Royer stays active within his community and enjoys doing all he can to pursue justice for his clients.

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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.