1. Should Facebook Users Post “Privacy Notices”?

    Once again, we’re seeing our Facebook friends repost “privacy notices” in status updates which purport to restrict Facebook’s use of the personal information, including photos, that they choose to include on their individual pages.   These Facebook notices, which are usually full of legalese, have proliferated over the years in different forms.  Last year, a version circulated in which the posters declared a personal “copyright” on the content of their Facebook pages.  Currently, a notice is popping up advising readers that Facebook is now a public entity, and stating that Facebook does not have permission to use the poster’s photos or information in the poster’s status update.   The notices usually encourage other Facebook users to repost the notice for their own protection.     Read More...

  2. Are There Advantages to Being the First to File in a Divorce?

    Family law clients considering a divorce often ask if there is any
    benefit to being the first to file a petition for dissolution. 
    Depending on the circumstances, there may be some strategic advantages:  Read More...

  3. Legal Separations

    Family law clients often contact our firm to assist them in seeking a
    legal separation from their spouses, believing that a separation is a
    better option than a divorce. While it may be a good option for certain
    clients, a legal separation is generally just as expensive as a divorce,
    and may not offer the kind of protection that a client is seeking. For
    that reason, it is important for clients to consider exactly what they
    are trying to accomplish, and how best to achieve that.  Read More...

  4. Waiting Period for Divorce Shortened

    Family law clients often ask how quickly their divorces can be
    finalized. In Oregon, parties seeking a divorce have generally had to
    wait for 90 days after filing for a final trial or hearing on the merits
    of a dissolution of marriage proceeding. In 2011, however, the Oregon
    Legislature approved House Bill 2686, which makes dissolution
    proceedings subject to the same 30-day period as any other civil case.  Read More...