How to file for divorce in Oregon

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Making the decision to file for divorce in Oregon is not an easy choice. You probably have questions about the process and what to expect. We have put together answers to some of the most common questions and included a checklist to help you anticipate what is to come.

Oregon does not require a reason for filing for divorce. This “no fault” divorce is referred to as “irreconcilable differences” and simply means that you and your spouse can’t get along and no reconciliation of problems can be reached.  Filing for divorce in Oregon will require that either you or your spouse have been living in Oregon for six months prior to filing for divorce. The state also requires the divorce to be filed in a county where one of you lives. Once the six month requirement is satisfied you will need to file a petition for the dissolution of marriage, the petition and any other required documents must be “served on” your spouse, and you will need to pay the fees for filing a divorce petition. This will get the ball rolling on moving forward with your divorce.

Two of the most frequently asked questions regarding filing for divorce in Oregon are “how much does a divorce in Oregon cost” and “how long does it take to get divorced in Oregon?”

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The questions are simple enough, unfortunately the answers aren’t. The cost and length of time to complete a divorce is dependent on the complexity of your situation and if your spouse disputes any issues in the divorce. Custody issues, property and asset division, or an obstinate spouse can cause your case to take longer than an undisputed divorce. Having a divorce and family law attorney to guide you through the process will ensure your rights and interests are protected —and the divorce is finalized as quickly as possible.

Check List

  • Call 1-800-DIVORCE and speak to a divorce attorney that specializes in protecting men’s rights
  • Gather personal information for your spouse and any children (i.e. social security numbers, dates of birth)
  • Gather financial documents (income, assets, benefits, insurance policies, etc…)
  • Meet with your attorney to devise a divorce action plan


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