Divorcing Your Pet

More of my clients are asking me about what happens to the family pet in a divorce.  It’s a very direct (and perhaps callous for some) answer to an emotional question.  Pets are personal property or in Ye Olde English Law speak: chattel.  The family pet is divided much in the same way as the […]

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Oregon State Agencies are Now Required to Recognize Out of State Same Sex Marriages

In October 2013, the Oregon Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued a decision to allow State agencies to recognize out of state same sex marriages. (See my previous blog posting on October 8). Now, effective January 1, 2014, a new Oregon Administrative Rule requires all State agencies to recognize same sex marriages validly performed in other […]

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Oregon DOJ – State Agencies Can Extend Rights And Benefits To Same Sex Couples

On October 16, 2013, the Oregon Department of Justice (“DOJ”) issued an opinion concluding that Oregon agencies can recognize valid same-sex marriages from other jurisdictions for purposes of administering Oregon law without registering as domestic partners. (Emphasis supplied). This is significant given the fact that under current Oregon law, same sex couples must register as […]

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