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Mastanduno Law Group Jan. 28, 2020

What Are the Basics of Divorce in Oregon?

Divorce is a difficult and emotional experience. For those not familiar with the details of divorce, it may also be frightening. Gaining some background on divorce may help you find a way through a tough situation.

Oregon is one of many states that does not require a legal reason for divorce. The Oregon State Bar cites irreconcilable differences as the legal term for dissolution of a marriage where the partners cannot get along and cannot see another way out. In all divorces, a judge makes binding decisions regarding certain aspects of each case. All parties must adhere to verdicts on child custody and visitation, various child support matters and financial issues such as debt repayment and potential alimony.

How to file

You must be an Oregon resident for at least six months, and you must file in the county in which you and your spouse(s) currently live. If you meet this requirement, there are three things you must do to begin:

  • File a petition for dissolution—File your petition and any other required documents with your county courthouse. The petition informs the court what you and your spouse(s) are requesting in the divorce.

  • Serve the divorce papers—All documents must be legally served to your spouse(s). You can deliver them yourself, as long as all receiving parties agree to sign a document stating they received the paperwork. A process server or sheriff can also serve the papers.

  • Pay any costs incurred—Divorce filings and paperwork service may require a fee.

The information presented here is intended to help you better understand divorce. However, it should not be interpreted as legal advice.


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