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Call and speak with an Oregon Divorce Attorney today 503-648-4777. Get a FREE 15 minute phone interview with an attorney - no strings attached and no waiting. Our experienced attorneys provide legal guidance in all facets of family law and divorce in Oregon. We provide legal advice on the difficult and emotional issues of:

We are dedicated and determined to achieve the best solution for our clients and fight to ensure that they receive the outcomes they deserve.

Why Hire Us?

The Winning Edge - Have a Team Working For You

Our Family Law Attorneys

There are a lot of family law attorneys in Oregon, but we offer something that many other attorneys can’t.

Our entire family law team, including lawyers and paralegals, meet regularly to review our new clients’ cases and the important developments in ongoing cases. We discuss what different Judges are ordering for support and custody, analyze what the newest Court of Appeals decision may mean to your situation, and sometimes debate how to best deal with opposing counsel. Collaboration, second and third opinions, shared knowledge, brainstorming innovative solutions. It’s something not every attorney can offer.

You aren’t just hiring an attorney. You’re hiring a team.

Call 503-648-4777 to get your case on our next team meeting schedule.

A Good Family Law Attorney Can Make All The Difference

From the initial conversation with us to the end of your case, you will see that we make a difference. Whether you need an Oregon Divorce Lawyer or are struggling with another family law matter, we care about your situation and are willing to take the time to listen to you.

We know the importance of learning about the situation so we can provide you with only the advice you truly need, in order to meet the goals you've set. That means the first thing we do is listen to you. This is your case and your life, not ours. By understanding your concerns, questions and fears, we can provide you with the information and options that best fit your situation. Ultimately, you make the decisions after listening to our advice regarding possible outcomes.

Experienced Oregon Divorce Attorneys

As accomplished trial attorneys, we're dedicated to seeing that the best solution becomes a reality for you. We will fight for the results that you deserve, and while we are often able to reach a reasonable settlement, we will take your case to trial if we're unable to reach a satisfactory resolution.

Whether you need a divorce in Portland or legal assistance in another area of family law, an experienced attorney can help achieve your desired results.

You Need Qualified & Experienced Legal Representation

Only a qualified Oregon divorce attorney or family law attorney can competently represent you. Call Harris Velázquez Gibbens at 503-648-4777 to immediately speak with an attorney. We will quickly respond during normal business hours. Speak with an actual divorce attorney or family law attorney on your first call.

The Dissolution Process

The initial document is the Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. There are anywhere from five to twenty other documents that may be required throughout the filing process, such as: Marital Settlement Agreement, Notice of Statutory Restraining Order Preventing Dissipation of Assets, and Motion for Waiver of 90 Day Waiting Period.

Petitions are filed in the circuit court of the county where you reside. Our attorneys regularly practice family law and divorce law in Clackamas County, Columbia County, Multnomah County, Tillamook County, Washington County and Yamhill County.

Property Settlements

Oregon is an "equitable distribution" state, so the marital property will be divided in an equitable fashion. Equitable does not mean equal, but rather what is fair. The court shall not consider the fault, if any, of either of the parties in the cause of the dissolution. Read more about Property Settlements.

Spousal Support / Alimony

Not all cases involve support from one spouse to the other. The obligation of one spouse to support the other financially for a temporary or permanent basis is decided on a case-by-case basis as agreed to by the parties or at the court's discretion. There are three types of spousal support or alimony:

  • Transitional spousal support is needed for a party to attain education and training necessary to allow the party to prepare for reentry into the job market or for advancement therein.
  • Compensatory spousal support when there has been a significant financial or other contribution by one party to the education, training, vocational skills, career or earning capacity of the other party.
  • Spousal maintenance as a contribution by one spouse to the support of the other for either a specified or an indefinite period.

Child Custody

Oregon courts will do everything possible to help lessen the emotional trauma the children of divorce encounter. The courts primary concern is the best interests of the child. Learn More about Child Custody in Oregon.

Depending on the age of the children, a parenting plan may be general or detailed. A general parenting plan may include a general outline of how parental responsibilities and parenting time visitation will be shared. A detailed parenting plan may include provisions relating to: residential schedule; holiday, birthday and vacation planning; weekends, including holidays, and school in-service days preceding or following weekends; decision-making and responsibility; relocation of parents; telephone access; transportation; and methods for resolving disputes.

Child Support

Oregon child support guidelines are based on the Income Share Model for calculating child support. The monthly support amount determined by applying the guidelines is divided proportionally according to each parent's income.

The terms of child support and parenting time (visitation) are designed for the child's benefit and not the parents' benefit. You must pay support even if you are not receiving visitation. You must comply with visitation orders even if you are not receiving child support. Violation of child support orders and visitation orders is punishable by fine, imprisonment or other penalties.


Even the most thoughtful and well-crafted divorce settlement agreement may need to be changed if the circumstances of the parties involved change significantly. Have you lost your job and are unable to pay the court-ordered child support or spousal support? Do you plan to move away and need to rearrange your child custody and parenting time agreement? Is your custody or parenting time plan just not working? Then you may qualify to have the Judgment modified. There are numerous factors the court will consider and it's important to have an experienced family law attorney assist you in evaluation your options. Learn More about modifications of support.

Adoptions in Oregon

Many wonderful families are created through adoptions. Our attorneys can assist you in securing those families. The most common types of adoptions are adoptions by step parents and adoptions by partners. Speak with an Oregon Adoption Lawyer today.

In step parent adoptions, where the non-custodial biological parent consents to the adoption, it can be an inexpensive and streamlined process. More complicated situations require careful evaluation before proceeding. It is important to consider the practical, legal, and emotional aspects of a step-parent adoption before proceeding.

We can help you decide if its right to proceed with a step-parent adoption and initiate contact with the non-custodial parent on your behalf.

Uncontested step-parent adoptions can often be completed in three to four months.

Non-step parent adoptions can be more complicated, and we would be happy to consult with you on a case-by-case basis.

Contact Us Today For Help - Free Phone Interview

Contact our lawyers today so we can begin working towards a favorable solution to your legal concerns. We also offer a free 15 minute telephone interview if you are not yet ready to hire an attorney. See details below

Free 15 Minute Phone Interview

Harris Velázquez Gibbens offers a free 15 minute interview to see if one of our attorneys can meet your legal needs. This interview includes you providing a brief outline of your legal matter, and a discussion of our legal philosophy and how we would approach your case. It also includes a summary of our fees. It does not include an in depth consultation or giving of legal advice regarding your particular case. For that, you must schedule a legal consultation, for which there is a charge. A legal interview DOES NOT create an attorney client relationship. It is for background information only so that you can determine if you would like to retain our services.

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