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How might a domestic violence restraining order help me?

You might benefit from filing a domestic violence restraining order if you are being abused by someone in your family or household. Domestic violence involves someone trying to control you with physical violence, threats of physical violence, putting you down or making you afraid.

Domestic violence can include physical, sexual, emotional or economic abuse. However, to successfully receive a restraining order there usually needs to be a component of physical abuse or fear of physical abuse.

Shared custody shown to be best option for children after divorce

Every parent wants to spend as much time as they can with their children. When it comes to divorce, parents typically understand how important it is that each of them stays an integral part of their children’s lives. Studies have backed this up by concluding that shared parenting should be the norm for children of any age.

It comes down to proper development. When one parent is dominant in the children’s lives, the other parent becomes just like a visiting aunt or uncle where strong bonds and a proper relationship is harder to develop. The importance to what each parent brings to the raising of the children while in a marriage does not go away just because there was a divorce.

What aspects are different in a same-sex divorce?

In 2014, Oregon chose to lift the ban on same-sex marriage in the state, finally giving many couples the chance to be with the person they love. A year later, this freedom spread throughout the entire nation. Thousands of gay and lesbian couples rejoiced at this new development in their country and began wedding plans.

Unfortunately, this does not change the fact that not all relationships will last. While same-sex couples are still bound by the same laws and procedures a heterosexual couple would go through during separation, there are a couple of parts of the process that happen differently. Some areas are more tedious while others are slightly more lenient. Regardless, you should be aware of some of these differences before going into litigation or mediation.

The rights of a divorced father

Only in rare circumstances do divorced fathers’ win sole custody of their children. As a result, many of them typically wind up becoming part-time parents, only seeing their children on certain days and missing out on many of their day-to-day activities.

The experience can by heartbreaking and filled with sadness and tears. Even though divorced fathers are becoming more and more common in society, they still have one thing in common with their former spouse. They are parents first and foremost.

Entering a same-sex marriage? Know the legal pros and cons

Ever since same-sex marriage was legalized throughout the United States in 2015, many LGBTQ couples have been eager to walk down the aisle. Marriage can be a beautiful ceremony to cement a couple’s commitment to each other. It can also be a big legal hassle.

Gay couples face several unique challenges when it comes to getting married. It is important to take these into consideration in advance so that you and your partner can decide how to handle them. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the potential pros and cons of same-sex marriage.

Gifts that miss the mark can affect relationships

For many Oregon residents, gifts can be a way to express and receive love. Some people might even be offended if their partner didn't give them a gift around the holidays. Presents often symbolize the status of the relationship, which can make gift shopping a stressful experience.

For example, reflect on your own relationships and think about the role that gifts played. Did you ever get a truly awful gift? What about perfect ones? In fact, gift-giving can change the way you see your marriage.

Picture books that LGBT families can enjoy

Do you remember reading picture books as a child? Maybe you snuggled in a recliner with your Grandma. Or perhaps your dad sat down on the floor and read to you. When you went to bed you may have enjoyed story time with mom. You probably had a favorite story. There was that one book that you had memorized before you learned how to read.

Maybe you can still recall the words. Thats how powerful picture books are. Stories give us our first glimpse into this big world we live in. Picture books reinforce values to children. The stories and illustrations often mirror a child’s daily life. You want your child to see themselves on the page. It is important that they can learn from picture books. It is best if your child can see a scenario just like theirs reflected on the page.

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