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Filing for a Divorce in Oregon
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Types of Divorce
Divorce without Children
Divorce is the ending of your marriage. Our divorce attorneys in Portland, Oregon, can get you through the process. A divorce includes the division of your assets, debts, and potential spousal support (aka alimony or maintenance). Your divorce may be agreed or contested – we can help with either. Our attorneys are masters of strategizing, counseling, giving legal advice, negotiating, explaining difficult concepts, drafting legal documents, and litigating. We are here to assist you with whatever is thrown your way during your divorce – simple or complex.
Divorce with Children
While much of the information provided for divorce without children remains applicable, divorce cases involving children introduce additional complexities. If you are divorcing with children, you will have to come up with a plan to co-parent and share time with the children. Our attorneys can help you craft a plan that is unique to your family’s needs while also being strategic in the short-term and long-term. We are here to help with anything from navigating court documents, calculations for a Child Support Order, to assisting in situations where you may want to limit the contact of the other parent, and everything in between – our Portland divorce attorneys are here for you!
In an agreed divorce, both parties are amicable and agree on all terms of the divorce, such as property division/sharing. Our experienced Portland lawyers are collaborative, cooperative, and help amicable couples smoothly move through the divorce process with their agreement intact.
In a mediated divorce, parties seek resolution through mediation outside of Court. A mediator assists the parties with reaching a resolution on all aspects of the divorce. Once a final agreement is achieved, an attorney typically assists in drafting the necessary pleadings to complete the divorce.
In a contested divorce, one or both parties disagree with the divorce and/or have an issue with the divorce process or what is being requested. Contested divorces often end up in Court, which is called litigation. We are skilled in the courtroom and will be there to protect you in and out of Court.
A litigated divorce means that your divorce is contested and there is active litigation in Court. Typically, litigation involves hearings and may ultimately proceed to a trial. We can represent you in any form of litigation that happens in your family law matter.
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Matters that our Divorce Attorneys Specialize in Portland, OR
Spousal Support (Alimony)
Child Custody / Parenting Time
Child custody/parenting time refers to the legal right to have time with your child in a family law legal case such as divorce, separation, dependency, guardianship, etc. A parent’s custody rights will have an impact on a variety of things such as day-to-day decision making, health and medical decisions, as well as educational decisions. This applies to parents splitting up who were in a marriage as well as parents who never married. Child custody could also apply to grandparents, close relatives, or family friends if they are granted legal rights to the child. In a case regarding child custody/parenting time, if the parents are unable to agree, the Court will determine whether sole or joint legal custody is awarded, and what the Parenting Plan will be. There are also many other resources within the court system to help parents decide these issues, including mediation and a required parenting class. Navigate attorneys can help you work through this dynamic and complex issue.
Child support is the financial responsibility of both parents to support their child. Child support is mandated by law, and it is where one parent pays financial support to the other parent for the care of the child unless an exception applies or a reduction is granted by the Court. The Court will consider the child’s needs and the parties’ incomes. Child support can also be assessed when non-parents have custody of children. Child support issues come up in a variety of different family law cases mentioned on this page, and our attorneys are skilled with these issues.
CHILD SUPPORT FOR COLLEGE (Adult “Child Attending School”)
DOMESTIC VIOLENCE RESTRAINING ORDER (FAPA RESTRAINING ORDER)
If there is a domestic violence situation, either in a divorce or other intimate relationship, with or without children, a party can apply for a Domestic Violence Restraining Order under the Family Abuse Prevention Act. A Domestic Violence Restraining Order can be requested with little or no notice to the other party. It is a same-day court order for an urgent domestic violence issue that can restrain the other party from you and/or your children or home.
In Oregon, there is no required waiting period until the divorce can be finalized. It is common for parties to want/need temporary orders in place that provide temporary provisions during the time between the initial Petition to start the divorce has been filed and when they are able to get a final judgment submitted to the Court and signed by a judge. Temporary orders address lots of daily issues including but not limited to parenting time, child support, spousal support (aka alimony or maintenance), allocation of household expenses, restraining orders, attorney’s fees, and temporary use and possession of vehicles and personal property. Temporary orders can stay in place until a different order replaces them (usually a final judgment when your case is completed). Sometimes temporary orders are a critical piece in the divorce process and often set the stage for how the rest of the divorce will play out. It is highly recommended that you consult with an experienced family law attorney if you are needing to get temporary orders in place. Navigate Law Group has experienced family law attorneys that will guide you through this process and protect what matters most.
Why Choose Our Divorce Attorneys in Portland, Oregon?
Our family law attorneys have over a combined 50 years worth of experience. Navigate Law Group is known in the local community for our volunteer work and for being fierce advocates. Our Portland Oregon divorce attorneys have extensive knowledge and experience inside and outside of the courtroom, we can help you navigate every step of the way.
We take pride in making sure everyone is on the same page, so you can make informed and educated decisions about your legal matters.
Our team has a client-centered approach to advocacy and we advocate zealously for the best outcome in our client’s family law matter.
We have reasonable fees, and work with our clients to provide the scope of legal help they actually need and want.
How To Start A Divorce in Oregon?
If you are going to be filing for divorce in OR, if you plan to do it as a self-represented litigant, there are forms you can download on numerous websites, including the state-wide website https://www.courts.oregon.gov/Pages/default.aspx. There are also numerous county court websites that also provide forms, including Multnomah County, Clackamas County, and Washington County. The basic documents needed to start a divorce are:
- Petition for Dissolution of Marriage (The form will vary if there are children involved)
- Record of Dissolution of Marriage, Annulment, or Registered Domestic Partnership
- Confidential Information Form (CIF)
- Notice of Filing Confidential Information Form (CIF)
- DCBS Notice Re: Insurance (ORS 107.092)
- Statutory Restraining Order
Our Divorce Attorneys in Portland Oregon:
Relationships are complicated. Our experienced family law attorneys in our Portland office are here to help if you are experiencing issues in your personal relationships. From drafting a prenuptial agreement to filing for a divorce in Oregon, we help you strategize, protect you and watch out for your best interests. Our family law attorneys focus their practice on these sensitive and dynamic issues to ensure you have the best representation and advice.
Amber M. Rushbanks (Rush)
Anna K. Russo
Frequently Asked Questions
Filing for Divorce Is Stressful. Our Divorce Attorneys in Portland, OR, Are Here to Help!
Does it matter if my spouse cheated on me?
Is it illegal to cheat on your spouse in Oregon state?
Is Oregon State a 50/50 divorce state?
How long does divorce take in Oregon state?
The length of time it takes to complete a divorce depends on many factors. If the parties are in agreement on all the issues like separation of assets and debts, spousal and child support, and the parenting plan, then the parties can enter into a Stipulated Judgment which provides for all of those relevant factors. There is no mandatory waiting period between the date the Petition for Dissolution (Divorce) is filed and the date a Stipulated Judgment could be filed. If the parties don’t agree on all issues, the matter must go to mediation or a settlement conference before reaching the trial date, which takes time and depends on the Court’s availability for scheduling a trial. In most cases, the divorce should be resolved within 6 months to 1.5 years.
If I'm not married do I have any rights to our stuff?
Can I get sole custody of my child?
How is child support calculated in OR state?
Child support is calculated under the Oregon Child Support Guidelines, which are available online and can be used easily to determine an approximate level of child support the Court would likely order. Each of the parties’ gross monthly income, number of children, daycare expenses, health insurance expenses, and number of overnights each of the parties have throughout the year are used in the formula to calculate child support.
If I am not the primary parent, do I still have rights to my child's health and school information?
Generally both parents have a statutory right to health and school information, as well as other statutory rights listed in ORS 107.154.