Leahy, Van Vactor, Cox & Melendy, LLP
Experienced Representation
You Can Trust Serving Oregon Since 1949
Local 541-357-9903 Toll Free 866-951-0032

December 2015 Archives

Divorce filings predicted to spike in the New Year

Often thought of as a time for family and reconnecting, it might come as a surprise that the time directly following the holiday season tends to show a drastic increase in divorces. Far from being isolated to Oregon, this phenomenon can be seen across the country, with the rate of divorce filings increasing throughout the first few months of the year. While the holidays do not exactly cause this sudden annual increase, the time of year still plays a role.

Celebrity loses appeal, must pay child support as legal parent

In a case that may be the first of its kind in the nation, a celebrity is fighting to have herself removed as the legal parent of a child carried by a surrogate and born after she and the father separated. Sherri Shepherd, former co-host of The View, has lost the most recent round of appeals in the unusual case. She must continue to pay substantial child support for the 1-year-old boy, according to the decision of a three-judge state court panel. The final outcome may have some influential effect on how such a case would be ruled upon in Oregon.