Hillsboro Oregon Divorce Lawyer
Divorce changes nearly all areas and aspects of life. Once in the position of filing for or responding to a divorce, it is important to seek a knowledgeable, efficient divorce attorney. Kroll and Johnson, PC is a litigation focused family law firm located in Hillsboro, Oregon. The attorneys at Kroll and Johnson, PC provide thorough and comprehensive family law and divorce services that are tailored for our clients’ matters including:
- Child Custody,
- Child Support,
- Parenting Time,
- Spousal Support, and
- Restraining Orders
Whether you are seeking a divorce, separation, or to establish a parenting or visitation schedule for your children, a Hillsboro and Washington County family law attorney at Kroll and Johnson, PC will walk you through the process from start to finish.
Filing a divorce in Oregon
All cases in Oregon start with first filing a petition for dissolution of marriage or for a legal separation. From there, the petitioner must be served on the other party with a summon. At any time during the case, either party can request temporary orders that usually consist of establishing a temporary parenting time plan, temporary custody, exclusive use of the marital residence, temporary child support, temporary spousal support and suit fees. Not all temporary matters are right for each case and an experienced divorce attorney will be able to advice. Following full discovery, including depositions, the parties typically attempt resolution of outstanding items through mediation prior to trial. If the parties are unable to resolve the items themselves, the case will be set for trial. During and before this process, it is important that to watch what is said and done, especially online. Electronic communications, such as text messages, emails, and social medial posts are discoverable evidence and may impact the outcome of the divorce during trial or a custody or parenting time evaluation.
When to Contact a Hillsboro Family Law Attorney
Contacting and scheduling a consult with a divorce attorney at the outset of your matter. prior to filing any paperwork, ensures your interests are protected from the start to finish. This includes whether you are simply looking for advice prefiling of the divorce petition or modification motion. However, there is no set timeframe in Oregon dictating when an individual should retain an attorney. Regardless of what stage of the process you are in, a skilled dissolution attorney will be able to appear and properly protect your interests at each stage both in and out of the courtroom.
As litigation attorneys, we understand firsthand that not all cases should go to trial. Rather, we focus on assisting clients to resolve disputes through mediation, collaborative law, arbitration or other informal resolution processes. However, not all disputes can be resolved by agreement between the parties. In these circumstances, our Hillsboro Divorce Lawyers take pride in representing and advocating for our clients in the courtroom.
Impact of Divorce on Children
Most parents main concern following a dissolution is the impact of the separation on their children and the shift in the family dynamic. From guiding you through a parenting time or custody evaluation, the family law attorneys at Kroll and Johnson, PC understand the implications relating to the best interests, including safety and happiness, of your children and are prepared to advocate on your behalf to ensure a smooth transition during the divorce proceedings.
The length of a divorce depends greatly on the complexity and intricacies of a given marriage. For example, if the parties have children, they will need to first attend a mandatory parenting time course and mediation prior to any final hearing or judgment being entered in their matter. However, a contested Oregon divorce will typically take between 8 – 12 months to complete. This includes the initial consultation to mediation of the party’s claims, to wrapping up your matter following resolution or trial. However, if the parties agree to everything sometime shortly after filing the petition, the process can move along much quicker.
Costs and Attorney Fees
Prior to any in person meet, Kroll and Johnson, PC provides a free phone consultation. During the phone consultation we will discuss next steps including scheduling an in person meeting with an attorney. During the initial consultation, we will discuss the issues relating to your divorce and the potential fees and costs associated with each step.
Contact an Oregon Divorce Attorney
The Hillsboro, Oregon divorce lawyers at Kroll and Johnson, PC can help guide you through the dissolution process. At Kroll and Johnson, PC, we take a client first approach to all matters because we realize the difficulty good people face throughout the divorce process. If your issues cannot be resolved through amicable methods, you can trust the drive attorneys of Kroll and Johnson, PC to aggressively fight for your rights in court. Our firm is devoted to helping you transition from a divorce to a healthy future.
To speak with an experienced family law or divorce attorney today, please contact the Hillsboro, Oregon family, divorce, and child custody attorneys at Kroll Johnson, PC by calling (971) 205-3266 to schedule a consultation.