Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

Do I need an attorney for my Oregon divorce?
While it is not required to have an attorney during your divorce process in Oregon, having legal representation can be beneficial as they will ensure your best interests are protected and guide you through complex legal processes involved in matters like property division, child custody arrangements, and spousal support.
Can I get spousal support (alimony) in an Oregon divorce?
Spousal support may be awarded depending on factors such as length of marriage, each spouse's income and earning capacity, contributions made during marriage (including homemaking), and financial needs of both parties.
Will I receive or have to pay spousal support during our legal separation?
Spousal support may be awarded during an Oregon legal marital separation if one spouse requests it and proves financial need. The amount and duration depend on factors such as length of marriage, earning capacity of each spouse, standard of living established during the marriage, and each party's contributions to their joint assets.
Can I waive my right to spousal support in an Oregon prenuptial agreement?
Yes, you can waive your right to spousal support; however, the court may still award it if they find that enforcing the waiver would result in substantial injustice or be unconscionable due to unforeseen circumstances at the time of divorce.
How much does an Oregon uncontested divorce cost?
The cost of an Oregon uncontested divorce varies depending on factors such as attorney fees (if applicable), court filing fees, and any additional expenses related to paperwork or mediation. On average, an uncontested divorce can cost significantly less than a contested one.
Do we need to hire an attorney for an Oregon legal marital separation?
While it is not legally required to have an attorney for an Oregon legal marital separation, hiring one can greatly benefit both parties. An experienced family law attorney can help negotiate fair terms and ensure compliance with all necessary procedures and requirements.
Do I need a lawyer for my Oregon uncontested divorce?
While not legally required for an uncontested divorce, hiring a lawyer can be beneficial in ensuring that all paperwork is filed correctly and efficiently while protecting your interests throughout the process. Legal counsel can also help address any unexpected issues that may arise during proceedings.
Will I be required to pay alimony in an Oregon high asset divorce?
In a high asset divorce, alimony (spousal support) may be awarded based on factors like the length of the marriage, each spouse's income and earning capacity, contributions to career advancement or education, and standard of living during the marriage. The amount and duration of support will vary depending on specific case details.
How are assets divided during an Oregon divorce?
Oregon follows an equitable distribution model when dividing assets during a divorce; this means property will be divided fairly but not necessarily equally between spouses. Courts consider factors like income potential, contribution to acquisition or preservation of assets, length of marriage, and tax consequences when determining how to divide property.
Is mediation mandatory for divorcing couples in Oregon?
Yes, in most cases. Oregon courts require that parties attempt to resolve their disputes through mediation before proceeding with litigation in contested divorce cases involving child custody or parenting time issues. However, if there are issues of domestic violence or other safety concerns, the requirement may be waived.

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