“Asset Searches in Dissolutions of Marriage,” by Ann Richards & R.T. Tavey, in the Oregon State Bar (OSB) Family Law Newsletter, June 2008, pp. 1-3.
(These useful newsletters from OSB Sections are not well-indexed so I try to highlight some of their articles when they land on my desk/top. You can contact your nearest law school or county law library (see sidebar for links) and ask about reading a copy.)
There is lots of information on the Internet about locating public records, but makes sure you know about the dangers of taking at face value everything you see on the Internet (or read in a book or a magazine or hear on the radio – shall I go on?). Always turn on your crap detectors (e.g. try this How to Evaluate Legal Web Sites guide from the excellent Maryland People’s Law Library website).
On Thursday, February 28, 2008, from 8-9 p.m., the Clackamas County Law Librarian, and I, the Washington County Law Librarian, appeared again on “Legally Speaking” with the host of the show, attorney Jim Hilborn. The subject was family law. (We also sent some photos from this show into the AALL Day in the Life contest so stay tuned.)
Some of the legal information sites we talked about included:
Did you know that there is a Family Law Facilitator in most Oregon counties and that s/he can help you with a wide range of family law questions on divorce, support, custody, etc. (Adoption questions usually are addressed to the Probate Court, but your Family Law Facilitator could advise you.
The Family Law Facilitator’s primary role is to assist pro se (self-represented) litigants, but the Facilitator is also an excellent source of information for local attorneys (who may also offer to volunteer their services to the Facilitator).
Contact your local county circuit court or the Oregon Judicial Department (OJD) to find out who and where your Family Law Facilitator is. Here’s a link to the OJD Family Law web pages, which has lots of additional information about family law matters.