Family Law – Thoughtful Assistance For All Families

Families come in all different sizes and configurations.  At Hough Law, Nikki works with your unique family situation to address your legal issues in a wide variety of circumstances effectively and efficiently.  Nikki’s family law practice is primarily focused on helping couples and families tackle matters directly and with the utmost respect for all family members, even in difficult circumstances.  Whether your family is expanding, a romantic relationship is ending, or an issue regarding children needs to be addressed, Nikki helps clients focus on the important legal issues with compassion and empathy.

Examples of family law issues that Hough Law assists clients with are:

  • Dissolutions and Legal Separations
  • Domestic Partnerships
  • Custody and Parenting Time
  • Modifications
  • Step-Parent Adoptions
  • LGBTQ Family Services
  • Sperm Donor Agreements
  • Cohabitation Agreements
  • Family Abuse Prevention Act Restraining Orders
  • Delegations of Care and Custody
  • Name Changes
  • Document Review

Hough Law provides family law services for uncontested divorces and separations, coaching for clients who are representing themselves, mediation, and “kitchen table” settlements for clients who are seeking to end their romantic and legal relationships out of court.  This approach provides clients with as much control as possible over the outcome of their agreements and allows for a cooperative and non-confrontational end to their legal relationships.

Nikki helps couples disentangle their formal partnerships and reach agreements regarding parenting time, support and property, so that they can move forward, rather than engaging in a protracted (and expensive) legal battle.  She believes that just because a romantic partnership ends, it does not mean that the ability to work together also terminates.

 


Hough Law Blog Posts about family law matters:

New Year – New Law: Guns and Extreme Risk Orders

Oregon judges may now issue “extreme risk protection orders” that allow firearms to be taken from people who pose an immediate threat to themselves or family members. If a judge issues an order, the person then has 24 hours to provide their firearms (and all other deadly weapons) and any concealed handgun license to a […]

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Year End Estate Plan Review

As the year draws to a close, it is a perfect time to review your estate plan (or get one in place)!  An easy place to start is to evaluate whether updates may be needed due to changes in family and financial status. Some starting questions to consider: Family Changes: Have you gotten married or […]

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Mantra for Kids’ Gifts

Each year the holiday season comes before you know it and people start to panic about checking everyone off their annual gift list.  For kids, I love the saying, “Something they want, something they need, something to wear, and something to read,” as a starting place for figuring out what to gift to the little […]

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Be Nice to Someone – That Will Make It Easier to Be Nice to Them Again

Ben Franklin famously said that, “He that has once done you a kindness will be more ready to do you another, than he whom you yourself have obliged.”  This statement reflects the Ben Franklin effect – the idea that you are more likely to do a favor in the future for someone who you have done a […]

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Work-Life Balance

We look at other people and see them having it all and we wonder how they do it.  You see the parents who go to every school play, but also have very successful careers – how do they balance all of that?  Is work-life balance possible – or will one thing always require more time, […]

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Sidestepping Family Drama This Holiday Season

With Thanksgiving next week, family gatherings for the holiday season are about to be in full swing.  If your holidays are less Norman Rockwell and more Clark Griswold, you aren’t alone.  A psychologist who has studied family relationships found that 75% of his sample population reported at least one family member who drove them crazy and, chances are, you have […]

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Grieving Outlasts Condolences

Anyone who has suffered the loss of a loved one knows that the grieving process can be a tricky thing.  Grief can ebb and flow with little rhyme or reason. What people may not realize is that the loss of a loved one, and the personal ramifications, can last for years after the actual death.  […]

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ICYMI: Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys – Trying to Keep Perspective

Not my circus, not my monkeys is often attributed as a Polish proverb.  I don’t know whether that is true or not, but I do know that I repeat that phrase in my head multiple times a day (especially on the hard days). When you are working with people in difficult and sensitive circumstances, it […]

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In a Dispute? Consider the Best, Most Likely, and Worst Possible Outcomes

When people are entrenched in their own views, they often view the likely outcome of a dispute to be clearly in their favor and that the other party will be outed as a terrible villain.  Of course, sometimes they fail to see that the other party has the same view of the likely outcome, only […]

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ICYMI: Finding Long Lost Relatives And Friends

Changes in the season and holidays can often be a reminder of people who are no longer part of your circle – not just people who have passed away, but also family and friends who have fallen out of touch for a wide variety of reason.  Maybe someone moved away, maybe there was an argument […]

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Safety Planning 101

When people are in violent and/or abusive relationships, it may seem impossible to leave.  Besides fearing for their own safety, people often fear for their kids, loved ones, pets, etc.  For some people, developing a safety plan can be helpful.  A safety plan can help someone consider strategies and plans for staying safe. Comprehensive safety […]

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ICYMI: 5 Things to Consider for a “Successful” Break Up

Everyone has been involved in a break-up.  Maybe it wasn’t even yours – you may have been pulled into the drama of the demise of a family member or friend’s relationship – but everyone can put themselves in the shoes of someone whose relationship is ending.  Chances are you even know people whose break-ups you […]

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Charitable Giving as Part of Your Estate Plan

Many people donate to charity each year, but fewer make arrangements to donate to charity as part of their estate plan.  If you are interested in making a gift, whether big or small, to a charity, there are a number of ways you can support your favorite causes. Make gifts throughout your lifetime. While you […]

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ICYMI: How to Find Low Cost Legal Services

I get asked all the time if I am taking pro bono (aka free) or reduced-fee cases.  With the economy still bouncing back and with people in all economic ranges needed legal assistance, the demand for low-cost legal services is high and there is an urgent need that needs to be filled. While I do […]

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ICYMI: Four Easy Starting Points to Finding an Attorney

When a matter arises and you need to consult with an attorney, how are you supposed to find one that meets your needs?  With a few easy steps, you can start to narrow down the field: Do you have work benefits that include discounted legal services? If you don’t know, check with your Human Resources […]

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What the Courts Can and Can’t Do For You in Family Law

Emotions are often running high and feelings are raw and exposed when relationships are being dissolved.  Oftentimes one or both of the parties may feel that they have been treated badly and wronged in some kind of way.  Maybe someone lied or cheated, maybe someone feels betrayed, maybe hurts have been tracked over a long […]

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When The Small Stuff Is The Emotional Big Stuff

An issue that often arises in both family law and estate law contexts is what to do with a personal property upon the demise of a relationship or the death of the owner.  Tangible items, whether valuable in a monetary sense or not, often have emotional value and can often become symbols of greater family […]

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ICYMI: Creating a Safety Plan

When people are in violent or abusive relationships, it may seem impossible to leave.  Besides fearing for their own safety, people often fear for their kids, loved ones, pets, etc.  For some people, developing a safety plan can be helpful.  A safety plan can help someone consider strategies and plans for staying safe. Comprehensive safety […]

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ICYMI: Four Easy Starting Points to Finding an Attorney

When a matter arises and you need to consult with an attorney, how are you supposed to find one that meets your needs?  With a few easy steps, you can start to narrow down the field: Do you have work benefits that include discounted legal services? If you don’t know, check with your Human Resources […]

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ICYMI: Do Yourself a Favor, Don’t Wait to Get Legal Advice!

Sticking your head in the sand when confronted with a situation you don’t know how to handle is a common reaction.  Unfortunately, especially in legal contexts, failing to act can cause ramifications that make your situation much worse. Whether you have been served with legal papers or confronted with a situation requiring legal advice, if […]

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