"Did You Know…?"

Neither parent has the legal custody of a child until a Court says so.
Until there is a Court Order letting the parents of a child know who the Court has determined will have the temporary or long-term custody of a child, neither parent has the legal custody of that child.  Most parents think that if they have the physical custody of the child, it affords them higher legal rights to determine that child’s future - but they are wrong.   Seeing an attorney who knows the intricacies of family law, including custody orders, will put you miles ahead in helping determine your child’s future.
You may not benefit from “do-it-yourself” or paralegal-assisted case filings.

Over the past decade, I have seen many people whose personal, financial and legal future have been damaged by participating in a “do-it-yourself” or paralegal-assisted case without the benefit of advice from an attorney.  You do not have to retain an attorney in order to receive the benefit of their legal advice.  In even the simplest of family law cases, important factors can be overlooked, and often, if the situation isn’t fixed during the course of the case, it may be too late to straighten it out later. 

Family law is an ever-changing field, with new laws, regulations, local court rules and other forms of information coming down the pike all the time.
Child support charts, rules regarding property division, bankruptcy law, civil and criminal law and other rules and laws change frequently, and it is difficult for full-time practitioners to keep up with all of the new information, let alone someone who does not practice the law for a living!   What was true last year may not still hold true this year.   Seeing an attorney who practices family law, and has exposure to other related areas of the law, greatly increases your chances of getting the most up-to-date information on the laws that matter to your case.
Your case is not just like your neighbor’s, your cousin’s or your co-worker’s.
For most people who have not been through a family law case of their own, their only point of reference is their best friend’s divorce or their cousin’s custody battle.  While there is a lot of helpful information and some good ideas to be gained from looking at the situations of people who have been through family law cases before you, it is not a guarantee that your situation is the same, or that your outcome will be like theirs. 


Each family law case is its own unique situation, and each case deserves a review and approach tailored to its special circumstances. By seeing a family law attorney experienced in finding the approach to best suit your case, you increase your odds of having the result you want from your situation.

Lisa M. Naglins
150 SE 80th Avenue
Portland, OR 97215
Ph: (503) 255-8036
lisalawyer at outlook.com