How To Secure an Uncontested Divorce in Oregon With DoNotPay
If you have reached the end of the line in your marriage, you want your divorce proceedings to go as quickly and smoothly as possible.
As an Oregon resident, you have the option of an uncontested divorce if you fulfill certain criteria under Oregon law.
DoNotPay explains the prerequisites, process, and best practices to secure an uncontested divorce in Oregon.
An uncontested divorce in Oregon is known as a summary dissolution and is only available if you and your spouse fulfill the following criteria:
- You or your spouse must have lived in Oregon for the past six months
- You have been married for less than ten years
- There are no underaged children in the marriage
- Neither you nor your spouse is pregnant
- You and your spouse do not own real estate
- Your joint assets total is less than $30,000
- Your debts since marriage are less than $15,000
If you and your spouse can tick all these boxes, you can apply for the summary dissolution of your marriage as long as you agree on how your assets and liabilities should be divided after you are divorced.
Filing uncontested divorce papers and getting your divorce granted in Oregon is a low-cost and relatively fast process. You can get an uncontested divorce in the Beaver State without a trial and with no need for a lawyer.
If you fall outside any of these stipulations, you will have to go through court hearings to get a divorce in Oregon, but this does not mean that you will have a legal battle on your hands.
Oregon is a no-fault divorce state, meaning that you can file divorce papers without any blame being attached to either party. The only reason for divorce that Oregon recognizes is the irreconcilable breakdown of your marriage.
Once your contested divorce papers have been filed, it can take between six and 12 months for your case to be finalized and your divorce granted. Uncontested divorces can be wrapped up in a matter of weeks.
The divorce process in Oregon is the same whether or not you qualify for a summary dissolution of your marriage. The steps you need to follow are:
You have to file a petition with your local county court in which you ask the judge to dissolve your marriage. You can file without the consent of your spouse, but you also have the option of filing as co-petitioners—this is the route to take if you have already agreed on the:
- Division of your joint assets and liabilities
- Custody arrangements for your children
- Procedures for alimony, childcare, and expenses
Filing as co-petitioners signifies that your divorce is an uncontested dissolution of marriage. In such cases, your case will proceed quickly, but you will both have to attend court for at least one hearing.
If you have filed independently of your spouse, they will need to be served with the divorce papers. This means that you have to use a sheriff or process server to:
- Deliver a copy of the divorce petition to your spouse
- Obtain a signature as proof that they have received it
Serving the petition is not necessary if you have filed your divorce papers as co-petitioners.
The division of your assets, liabilities, and responsibilities after the divorce is the largest cause of drawn-out court proceedings during divorce cases. The sooner you can draw up a written agreement on how your financial and family responsibilities should be handled after your marriage is dissolved, the shorter your court process will be.
The divorce settlement agreement covers every aspect of your finances, children, and joint responsibilities and becomes legally binding once your divorce has been granted.
If you and your spouse agree on everything and are aiming for a friendly divorce, you should be able to avoid both lawyers and protracted court proceedings. If you still need to iron out minor details, you can opt for a process of mediation to keep your costs down while reaching an acceptable resolution.
Divorce settlement agreements are available from the following sources:
|Where To Get a Divorce Settlement Agreement||Explanation|
|Lawyer||You can hire a lawyer to draw up your divorce settlement agreement, but you may find that this quickly becomes expensive and over-complicated|
|Online||Several websites offer generic divorce agreement templates for you to fill out, but you should exercise caution. Many of these templates do not take account of specific state legislation and can also omit important points about the details of your settlement|
|County Court||The state of Oregon offers approved forms you can fill out, but these tend to be complicated—you may find yourself needing a lawyer to understand what the forms mean|
DoNotPay is here to make your divorce as easy and painless as possible and to give you the best way to reach an out-of-court settlement with your spouse.
By using our Divorce Settlement Agreement feature, you can draw up your own customized document—all you have to do is:
- Sign up with DoNotPay in your web browser
- Click on our Divorce Settlement Agreement product
- Fill in the details you want to be included
DoNotPay will take it from there. Once we have all the details of your agreement, you can print it out and sign it together with your spouse in the presence of a notary. If you don’t want to hunt for a notary in Oregon, you can solve your problem by using our online notarization service
If you are looking for county-specific help in Oregon, we can give you information on divorce in:
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