Divorce processes differ from state to state. In most cases, issues such
as child custody, spousal support, spousal alimony, and property division
do not differ tremendously. However, it is important to understand the
specific processes that apply to your state.
To help you understand divorce process and issues in the state of Oregon,
we have answered 5 questions, which can be found below:
1. Is Oregon a No-Fault State?
Yes. Oregon is a no-fault state, meaning a spouse wishing to divorce does
not have to state the specific reasons as to why the marriage is not working.
Instead, the divorcing spouse only has to state the marriage is irretrievably
broken, meaning the marriage cannot be restored under any circumstances.
2. Do I Have to Be an Oregon Resident if I File for Divorce in Oregon?
Oregon laws state at least one spouse must live in Oregon for at least
six months before a spouse can file a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage.
In addition, the spouse wishing to divorce must file the petition in the
county where the other spouse lives.
3. How Much Does it Cost to File for Divorce in Oregon?
In Oregon, the filing fee for each divorce party is $260. Charges to serve
your spouse or hire a divorce lawyer are entirely separate. If you and
your spouse cannot afford to pay the filing fees, you may ask the judge
to waive the fees and schedule them for a later date.
4. How Does a Divorce Case Start in Oregon?
The dissolution of marriage process begins when a spouse files the petition.
Once the petition is filed, you or your representative must serve your
spouse with the appropriate papers. If the spouse wishes to contest the
divorce petition, they must respond to the petition within 30 days from
when they were served.
5. In Oregon, Can I Have My Last Name Restored After a Divorce?
Yes. You or your spouse can ask the judge to restore one or both of your
Compassionate Representation for Those Considering Divorce
If you are contemplating divorce, we encourage you to contact our Oregon
divorce attorneys at McKinley Irvin to understand your options. At our
firm, we know these types of life-changing events can affect everyday
duties, making the simplest tasks difficult. That is why when you choose
to work with our team, we will let you focus on emotional recovery while
we handle the complex legal issues.
Contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our Oregon divorce lawyers.