Hunt & Associates P.C.

Apr 15, 2015

The Problem of “Off Leash” Kids

Two children, 10 and 6 years old, were recently taken into custody by police in Montgomery County, Maryland, after an anonymous report that they were seen playing unattended in a park around 5 p.m. on a Sunday an hour before their parents expected them to be home. When the children failed to return home as expected, the parents began looking for them. The authorities didn’t let the parents know where their children were until 8 … Read more

Nov 17, 2014

Child Custody Disputes between Parents and Third Parties

Family law cases involving issues of child custody and/or parenting time are emotionally challenging for all concerned. The typical dispute involves a child’s two parents, each trying to convince the trial judge that she or he is more suited to be the primary custodial parent, or is deserving of more parenting time with the child than the other parent will agree to, or some variant of one or the other. Family law judges in Oregon, … Read more

Sep 4, 2013

Same-Sex Marriages Recognized by the IRS

Same-sex couples legally married in states that recognize same-sex marriages will now be treated as married for federal tax purposes.  In a recent IRS revenue ruling, the IRS now interprets the terms “spouse”, “husband and wife”, “husband”, and “wife” to include same-sex couples married in jurisdictions that legally recognize same-sex marriages.   This is a 180 degree turn from prior interpretations of these terms in prior rulings. In fact the ruling is in direct response … Read more

Jan 18, 2013

Packing Up and Moving – Don’t Forget to Tell Your Ex

It’s moving day.  You’re moving from Portland to Eugene to start a new job and be closer to your boyfriend of 3 months.  The truck is packed, the kids are in their car seats, your moving checklist is complete, and it’s time to start a new life and a new job in Eugene.  One small problem, you forgot to notify your ex-husband, and father of the kids, that you were moving.  Surely it’s just a … Read more

Mar 27, 2012

Prenuptial Agreements and Estate Planning

Prenuptial agreements are valid and enforceable in Oregon.  We frequently advise clients to have a prenuptial agreement in place if they have children from a prior relationship or this marriage will not be their first.  Also, if the parties have significant separately owned assets acquired before their marriage they may want to consider having a prenuptial agreement in place. … Read more

Dec 30, 2011

No Shark Fin Soup for You: Recent Changes to Oregon Laws

Possessors of shark fins, you now have one day (if you read this on December 30, 2011, to sell, trade or distribute any shark fins that you have in your possession.  After December 31, 2011 you will no longer be able to sell, trade or distribute shark fins in Oregon without a license.  California has enacted a similar law.  After December 31, 2011, you also cannot possess shark fins in Oregon – unless you acquired … Read more

Mar 30, 2011

Death during a Divorce

In Oregon, a couple is married until the death of one spouse or a judge signs, and the court enters, a formal judgment dissolving the couple’s marriage.  Up until the occurrence of one of these events, the parties are considered married.  Contested divorces generally revolve around who gets what property.  Consequently, when an individual going through a divorce dies during the divorce the question becomes two parts, “what happens to the divorce and who gets … Read more