Your Deschutes County Divorce Can Be Painless With DoNotPay
No matter what your situation is, the decision to file for divorce is a huge one.
Apart from the mental trauma that is always present when a marriage breaks up, the process can be long, expensive, and painful if it ends with lawyers fighting extensive court battles.
DoNotPay can help. Here is our breakdown of the Deschutes County divorce process, with all the tips you need to keep your divorce cheap, free from lawyers’ involvement, and away from lengthy court proceedings.
To be eligible to file for divorce in Deschutes County, you need to first check that you meet the residency requirement of six months living in the Beaver State.
Your second step is to verify which type of divorce you qualify for, your options being:
- Summary dissolution
- Complex dissolution
You can file for a summary dissolution if you have:
- Been married fewer than ten years
- No children and neither spouse is pregnant
- Joint assets valued at less than $30,000
- Joint debts totaling less than $15,000
- No claims for alimony
- No joint real estate
A summary dissolution needs no court hearings and is usually granted quickly and without fuss.
If you fall outside the eligibility criteria for a summary dissolution—if, as an example, you have minor children—your case is classified as a complex divorce.
Even in a complex dissolution, you can still keep the process simple if you and your spouse agree on an uncontested process with an out-of-court settlement.
Filing for divorce in Deschutes County is a two-step process, as follows:
|Divorce Filing Steps||Explanation|
|Filing divorce papers||The forms you need to file for divorce are available online from the Oregon Judicial Branch. Once you have filled the correct set of papers out, you need to file them with the clerk of the county court. You will need to pay the $301 fee when you file|
|Serving your spouse||You must arrange to have your divorce papers delivered to your spouse by a sheriff’s deputy or a private process server. A signed receipt must be added to your court filings|
If you and your spouse want your divorce to be as easy and fast as possible, you can elect to file jointly. This means that you do not have to have the papers served on your spouse, and your divorce can usually be finalized in around a month.
You will need to attend one court hearing, and you must file a settlement agreement before your hearing takes place.
A settlement agreement is a crucial legal document needed to secure an uncontested divorce.
It regulates how every aspect of your marriage should be split up after divorce, covering:
Your settlement agreement is a binding contract between the two of you, and the judge in your case will scrutinize it to make sure it is:
- Fair to both parties
- Comprehensive, covering every aspect of your marriage
- Legally acceptable under Oregon law
You have several options for drafting your settlement agreement, as follows:
- Online divorce service
The traditional route to negotiate and draft a settlement is for you and your spouse to hire attorneys and let them battle it out—with or without your presence.
If the two of you are on friendly terms, though, you may want to consider dispensing with lawyers to save costs. Lawyers charge around $250 per hour, and a typical uncontested divorce can easily cost $5,000 per spouse.
You can also investigate the option of mediation to solve your differences—this can be effective in helping the two of you focus on reaching a mutually acceptable settlement at a fraction of the cost of a lawyer.
If you already have a settlement agreed with your spouse, various online providers offer templates for you to download and fill out on your own. While such templates are cheap, you will have to do most of the work, and many templates are too generic to cover your exact needs. You risk a judge rejecting your agreement as inadequate.
DoNotPay has come up with a solution that is comprehensive and doesn’t cost a cent in lawyers’ fees—we can generate the perfect, tailor-made settlement agreement for your needs!
DoNotPay is your partner for making your Deschutes County settlement agreement a cakewalk!
Our Divorce Settlement Agreement product is designed to take the hassle out of preparing your settlement—we take the terms you and your spouse have agreed on and craft them into a watertight agreement that will pass the judge’s scrutiny. No need for expensive lawyers or hit-or-miss generic templates!
To set your agreement up, follow these steps:
- Subscribe to DoNotPay
- Look for our Divorce Settlement Agreement feature
- Answer a few questions about your settlement terms
Once we have all your info, we will create your agreement in an instant. You can go ahead and sign it with your spouse, have it notarized, and file it with the Deschutes County court.
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