Articles Tagged with Grandparents

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2015 House Bill 3014 signed by the Oregon Governor. (Keep an eye on OLIS to find the Oregon Laws Chapter number when it is assigned.)

See the Oregonian article: Oregon grandparents rights” by Amy Wang, 6/3/15:

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill that will maintain grandparents’ legal rights if parents’ legal rights are terminated.

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Please also read previous blog posts on this topic, especially this one: Grandparent Visitation Rights in Oregon

There are lots of free legal forms online and in print, but none of them will be the exact forms you need in your specific case. You can lose a lot of time and money if you file the wrong forms.

Courts are very, very careful when it comes to child custody legal matters. Oregon courts do not have official or fill-in-the-blank child custody legal forms for parents, grandparents, or for any third party seeking child custody. You need to draft your own forms specific to your legal situation.

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Update update (ahem) to the “Oregon’s Legal Guide for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children” handbook:

I have checked with the lead editor of “Oregon’s Legal Guide for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children” and she confirmed that the 2012 edition is most recent one and an update isn’t likely much before 2015.

You can link to this publication from the OSU Extension website, but don’t confuse this legal guide with the “… Resources Guide ….” You want the “… Legal Guide ….”

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FACT: There are no fill-in-the-blank forms to submit to the court for grandparent visitation rights!

I repeat: THERE ARE NO OFFICIAL FORMS, NO UNOFFICIAL FORMS, and NO FILL-in-the-BLANK FORMS for petitioning the court for third-party or grandparent visitation rights.

If you don’t want to believe me, read the 2012 Legal Guide for Grandparents, which also says there are no fill-in-the-blank-forms.

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The “Resource Guide for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children” has a 2012 update.

To obtain a copy of the “Legal Guide for Grandparents and Other Relatives Raising Children,” please contact AARP Oregon toll-free at (866) 554-5360, or download from the OSU Extension Service Family and Community Health website. (You can also search for it by title using a search engine of choice.)

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The Oregonian published an interesting AP article describing grandparent visitation law and practice around the country.
This is a complex area of law.  While everyone is welcome in the law library to research the subject and their specific question, we recommend you consult with a family law attorney in your state.
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This popular and invaluable Washington County, Oregon, program is back (pre-registration is required to save a space!)
This event will be held on Friday, May 20th, 2011 from 9:00am to 2:00pm at the former Hillsboro PCC Center,
102 SW Washington St., Hillsboro

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Washington County has brought back this needed and very popular event:

Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Event

“…The activities will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2010, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Beaverton Foursquare Church, 13565 SW Walker Road in Beaverton. “We wanted to provide a relaxed event while providing top-rate speakers and a resource fair. And the event, including lunch, is free,” says Letourneau.

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In Washington County (Oregon), April 2, 2009:

‘Day for Grandparents Raising Grandchildren: 37,536 Oregon children live with their grandparents

In Oregon, over 20,000 grandparents have stepped forward to raise children because their parents struggle with drug and alcohol abuse, incarceration, HIV/AIDS, mental illness, domestic violence, divorce, unemployment or military deployment,” notes Deborah Letourneau, Program Coordinator for Washington County’s Family Caregiver Support Program of Disability, Aging and Veteran Services.

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A recent story in the Oregonian, March 29th, 2007, headline, “Raising Grandkids,” by Abby Haight ((available through the public library’s Oregonian database and on the Oregonlive web page for 14 days after publication), has moved me to post some of the resources we point grandparents to when they come to the law library with their own grandkid-raising questions. (We probably get these questions every few weeks.)

Here are some Portland metro area and beyond sources of information:

1) Report: “Oregon’s Legal Guide for Grandparents and other Relatives Raising Children,” 2005.
2) County Government office: Your county’s Aging and Disabilities Services office