Jessica Larsen

Jessica Larsen

  • Family Law, Divorce, Domestic Violence
  • Oregon
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Jessica values the preservation of familial relationships for the sake of family unity and ensuring simplicity in future dispute resolutions. She understands that each family is different, and is committed to working toward solutions that best fit the needs of you and your family.

Practice Areas
  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
Additional Practice Area
  • Adoption
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Oregon
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Education
Willamette University College of Law
J.D.
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Professional Associations
Oregon State Bar # 181754
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Current
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21 Questions Answered

Q. I have 50/50 custody of my children. Can I vaccinate my child without my ex's permission, consent or knowledge?
A: If you have joint legal custody of your children, legally you cannot make that decision without agreement from your ex. If you have sole legal custody of your children with 50/50 parenting time, you can make any major medical decisions without your ex. If your ex has sole legal custody and you share 50/50 parenting time, you do not have a say in the decision at all. You should review your judgment for that language and seek assistance from an attorney if you have questions.
Q. How can I make my daughter laugh mother comply?
A: Your hands seem to be tied in this situation. You cannot force your daughter's mother to do anything, unless it is stated in the judgment/parenting plan. If your judgment states that the mother must keep a sanitary home, you could file a motion to enforce the judgment, but that is not standard language for a judgment. If your child was in danger, you could file a motion for immediate danger to suspend parenting time, but generally courts do not view head lice as a dangerous situation. Regardless of the sanitary conditions of the mother's house, you cannot withhold parenting time from her unless there is a court order with a finding of immediate danger. You must abide by the court order or face penalties.
Q. I'm 21 yrs old. How I can get the child support my father was court ordered to pay, but he did not?
A: You would want to follow up with the Oregon Department of Justice, Child Support Division. They handle most child support cases and can collect from the father. If that does not work, or the father is not ordered to pay through the Department of Justice, you would likely need to file a motion to enforce the judgment.
Q. my ex-husband signed and agreement to pay me 3500 dollars. He has done so. Is there anything I can do.
A: Depending on the terms of the written agreement, you may be able to take him to small claims court to enforce the contract. If the contract was not a part of your judgment of divorce, it is not a family law matter and must be handled independently. If the contract was made a part of your divorce judgment, you would file a motion to enforce the judgment on the divorce case. I would recommend seeking an attorney for additional information. Without seeing the contract, it is impossible to give a comprehensive answer.
Q. I don’t want my child around my ex’s abusive boyfriend. No custody agreement is in order, only verbal. What can I do?
A: If no one has previously filed for custody, you may file a petition for custody with appropriate parenting time awarded to the other party. You can find pre-printed forms at the courthouse in your county. However, you should keep in mind that the court generally awards custody to the parent that has been the primary parent for the child's life. If Mother has been the person to meet your daughter's needs on a day-to-day basis, the court may favor her. However, the abuse against Mother works in your favor to a degree, especially if your daughter is in danger because of the abuse. Please consult an attorney to discuss your options.
Q. What do I get for the child support I pay to the other party?
A: You present a few issues here. The first and most relevant answer I can offer is that you get nothing for paying child support. The purpose of paying child support is to support your child on the days they are not with you. The paid parent may use the money as they see fit and do not have to offer an accounting to you. If you feel what you pay is not justified because you spend roughly an equivalent amount of time with your child as the other parent, you may use the child support calculator on the Oregon Child Support Website to reevaluate your payments and consult with an attorney about your options. In terms of not receiving return phone calls and clothing for your child, you may be able to take action. Many parenting plans have standard terms that each parent must provide clothing and provisions for their own home, but if your parenting plan says the other parent must provide those things, you could file a Motion to Enforce the Judgment. You would take the same action if your parenting plan says you may have phone calls outside of your parenting time. Please consult with an attorney if you have more questions or are unsure of what actions you can take.
Q. I lost guardianship of child to my ex based on lies. How do I get a Family law hearing Jackson Co to present evidence?
A: I would need more information to fully answer your question, but assuming your ex obtained a signed order on a Motion to Show Cause, you have 30 days to respond or request a hearing. I would recommend consulting an attorney who practices in Jackson County to discuss your options more fully.
Q. If an immediate danger order was vacated does that mean things go back to the way they were before it was signed
A: If the immediate danger order was vacated, the parenting plan that was in effect before the immediate danger order controls all future visitations, unless there is another judgment in place. I am available if you have further questions.
Q. Vacation pulled by ex-spouse
A: If you have a parenting plan in place, and he agreed in writing to allow you to deviate from the agreement and take your children on vacation, you should not be held in contempt of your court ordered agreement. It is possible he will file contempt charges, but your defense is the writing that he signed. If you have additional questions, I am available.
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Regele Law
2361 State St.
Salem, OR 97301
USA
Telephone: (503) 396-4996
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PO Box 2670
Salem, OR 97308
USA
Telephone: (503) 396-4996