How Do I File for Divorce in Oregon?

By Bernadette A. Safrath

In Oregon, divorce is called dissolution of marriage. Either spouse can file for dissolution and must do so in accordance with the procedures set forth in the Oregon statutes. During the dissolution proceeding, a court may divide marital property, award alimony, decide custody issues and terminate the marriage.

Residency Requirements

A married couple is eligible for divorce in Oregon if the marriage took place within the state and at least one spouse is a current state resident. If the marriage occurred outside of Oregon, at least one of the spouses must reside in the state for at least six months prior to filing.

Filing Requirements

The filing spouse must prepare and submit a Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. The petition must be filed with the domestic relations or family law division of the Oregon circuit court located in one spouse's county of residence. Oregon has a simplified procedure, called summary dissolution, which is available for spouses who do not have minor children, have been married for less than 10 years and have limited marital assets. An online legal document preparation service can help you with this part of the process.

Divorce is never easy, but we can help. Learn More

Grounds for Divorce

Oregon, like all other states, recognizes no-fault divorce. This means that a spouse can file for divorce citing "irreconcilable differences" that caused a breakdown in the marriage, which no amount of mediation or counseling can repair.


Once a dissolution petition has been filed and the filing fee paid to the court clerk, the papers must be served on the opposing spouse. This provides the spouse with notice of the pending divorce proceeding. Anyone over the age of 18, other than the filing spouse, can deliver the divorce papers. The opposing spouse can then choose to waive the right to answer and simply sign the papers, or may submit a response to the court within 30 days of service.

Divorce Decree

If a divorce is uncontested, an Oregon court can issue a final decree approximately three months after filing. The decree terminates the marriage, contains the distribution of marital property and allows the wife to take her maiden name again. When spouses are unable to agree on the terms of the divorce, the court will conduct hearings and a final trial until all outstanding issues are settled.

Divorce is never easy, but we can help. Learn More
How to File for an Uncontested Divorce Without an Attorney in Texas


Related articles

What Is the Difference Between a Default Divorce & No Fault in Arizona?

Arizona’s no-fault divorce laws make it easier to obtain a divorce than in other states where you must prove wrongful conduct on the part of your spouse. Even though Arizona is a no-fault divorce state, your spouse has the right to challenge your request to end the marriage by filing opposing papers with the court. If your spouse does not file the papers in time, the court may grant you a divorce by default.

How to Legally Separate in Tennessee

Tennessee recognizes legal separation which authorizes married couples to live apart. A legal separation is essentially the same as a divorce in Tennessee, except that the spouses cannot remarry. The grounds for separation are the same as the grounds for divorce, and the court can rule on all of the issues usually dealt with in a divorce, except for the dissolution of marriage. Child custody, financial support and distribution of assets can be incorporated into a legal separation decree.

Divorce Process in Georgia

Georgia state laws govern the process of divorce. The state has adopted “no-fault” divorce, meaning you do not need specific grounds to file a divorce petition, other than a claim that the marriage is “irretrievably broken.” A hearing in civil court will be necessary, however, and the state also has residency requirements for couples seeking a divorce.

Get Divorced Online

Related articles

Filing No Fault Divorce in Pennsylvania

Courts used to require a spouse to prove fault, or reasons for the failure of the marriage, such as abandonment or ...

How to File a Divorce in the Dallas County Courts

To file for a divorce in Dallas County, Texas, at least one party to the divorce must be a resident of Texas for a ...

Is the Absence of Sexual Relations Grounds for Divorce?

Sexual behavior outside the marriage and the lack of sexual relations within the marriage can serve as grounds for ...

How to Do Your Own Divorce in Ohio

Either spouse may legally file for divorce in the state of Ohio. If your divorce is uncontested or no-fault, you can ...

Browse by category
Ready to Begin? GET STARTED