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Eaton Family Law and Mediation

Child Custody Lawyer | Serving Portland, OR

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503-388-4911

Contact Us for your Family Law Needs Today!

Kristin Winnie Eaton is an attorney and the founder of Eaton Family Law located in West Linn, Oregon. Ms. Eaton focuses her practice on family law and domestic relations matters, handling matters involving divorce, custody, domestic violence, complex financial matters and tax issues. She serves clients in Happy Valley, Lake Oswego, Tualatin and West Linn. Contact Eaton …

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Jeffrey L. Olson, Attorney at Law

Child Custody Lawyer | Serving Portland, OR

503-974-6896

Serving the Tri-County Area and Beyond for Nearly 20 Years!

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Harris Law Firm, PC

Child Custody Lawyer | Serving Portland, OR

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503-648-4777

Harris Law Firm Has Four Office Locations in Portland, Hillsboro, and Tualatin. Free Parking and Easy Access throughout the Portland Metro Area

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Portland Child Custody Information

Are You Trying to Get Custody of a Child?

Achieving custody of a child can be a highly emotional battle between parents. Add to that a number of legal issues courts weigh to award custody and child custody cases can become daunting. This area of law significantly impacts the child's present well being and future.

Legal Issues in Child Custody

In determining who gets custody, courts consider what is in the "best interest" of the child, which is a broad term that does not have a fixed standard and can take into account a number of considerations. Child custody law is complex, so to get the best result obtaining the services of a qualified Portland attorney who practices child custody law is imperative.

When to Hire a Lawyer

It is in your best interest to get legal help early on in addressing your situation. There are times when hiring a lawyer quickly is critical to your case, such as if you are charged with a crime. It may also be in your best interest to have a lawyer review the fine print before signing legal documents. A lawyer can also help you get the compensation you deserve if you've suffered a serious injury. For issues where money or property is at stake, having a lawyer guide you through the complexities of the legal system can save you time, hassle, and possibly a lot of grief in the long run.

The Importance of a Good Consultation

The goal of an initial consultation is to find an attorney you are comfortable working with and someone who can help you understand your options under the law. Seek to understand the relevant legal experience the attorney brings to your case. While it is not realistic to expect an attorney to resolve your legal issue during an initial consultation, you should gain a level of comfort with his/her ability to do so. A good consultation can clarify issues, raise pertinent questions and considerations for your case, and help you make an informed decision towards resolving your legal issue.

How will an attorney charge me?

A reputable attorney will be very upfront about how he/she will charge you. The three most common fee structures that attorneys use to charge for their services are:

  • Bill by the hour
  • Contingent fee agreement
  • Flat fee agreement

Depending on your specific legal situation, it's possible that only one type of fee structure is available. For instance, criminal defense attorneys almost always bill by the hour. In a flat fee arrangement, an attorney accepts a one-time payment to help you resolve your issue. With a contingent fee agreement, the client pays little to nothing upfront and the attorney receives a percentage of the money recovered if you win your case.

Common legal terms explained

Pro se - This Latin term refers to representing yourself in court instead of hiring professional legal counsel. Pro se representation can occur in either criminal or civil cases.

Statute - Refers to a law created by a legislative body. For example, the laws enacted by Congress are statutes.

Subject matter jurisdiction - Requirement that a particular court have authority to hear the claim based on the specific type of issue brought to the court. For example, the U.S. Bankruptcy Court only has subject matter jurisdiction over bankruptcy filings, therefore it does not have the authority to render binding judgment over other types of cases, such as divorce.

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Court Locations in Portland, OR

Multnomah County Courthouse

1021 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97204
Phone: (503) 988-3957 

Multnomah County Justice Center

1120 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204
Phone: (503) 988-3689

U.S. District Court of the District of Oregon, Portland Division

1000 SW 3rd Ave, Portland, OR 97204
Phone: (503) 326-8000