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:

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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Oregon ABLE Accounts Now Available!

For Oregonians with disabilities and their families, a new account option allows individuals to save for future expenses without their account balance counting against their asset limits for Federal and State benefits (such as Social Security, SNAP, Medicaid, etc.). Prior to the passage of the ABLE Act, individuals with disabilities were only eligible for public […]

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ICYMI: Cohabitation Basics for Couples Who Live Together, but Aren’t Married

Romantic partners are living together all the time these days without getting married (and even without the intention of ever getting married).  There are important considerations to keep in mind when you make the decision to live with someone else, especially when you are romantically involved. Some people choose to enter into cohabitation agreements.  A […]

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ICYMI: Committed, but Not Married – Estate Planning Tips

Committed couples who are not legally married have a number of estate planning considerations to plan for if they want their partner to inherit from them, as well as handle their medical and financial affairs in the case of incapacity.  It is not uncommon for people to assume that their partner of many years will […]

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ICYMI: Newly Married? Better Revisit Your Estate Plan

If you had a will in place and then got married, your will may have been revoked!  If this is the case, your property will pass as if you had no will. In Oregon, with a few exceptions, a marriage revokes any prior wills.  The only exceptions are 1) if the will evidences intent that […]

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ICYMI: What is a Conservator?

A conservator is an adult appointed by the court to handle the financial affairs and property owned by another person because that person is unable to do so.  Reasons for a conservator to be appointed may be that someone is a minor, has a mental illness, has a disability, or suffers chronic intoxication. A conservator […]

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ICYMI: What is a Guardian?

A guardian, in the simplest terms, is an adult who is appointed by the court to care for and/or make important decisions for someone else.  Guardians can be appointed for children and for adults who are unable to handle their own affairs. A guardian for a minor child (an unmarried person under the age of […]

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Cohabitation Basics for Couples Who Live Together, but Aren’t Married

Romantic partners are living together all the time these days without getting married (and even without the intention of ever getting married).  There are important considerations to keep in mind when you make the decision to live with someone else, especially when you are romantically involved. Some people choose to enter into cohabitation agreements.  A […]

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Committed, but Not Married – Estate Planning Tips

Committed couples who are not legally married have a number of estate planning considerations to plan for if they want their partner to inherit from them, as well as handle their medical and financial affairs in the case of incapacity.  It is not uncommon for people to assume that their partner of many years will […]

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