A Brief Overview of the Divorce Process

From start to finish, the divorce process typically takes anywhere from three to nine months. The State of Oregon will not allow a divorce to take less than three months as a matter of public policy. The state imposes the three moth rule in order to make sure you’re serious about going through with the divorce, and not just momentarily…

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Dividing Assets and Debts in a Divorce

All debts and assets acquired during marriage are subject to the presumption of equal contribution. That is, if the debt was accumulated or the asset acquired after the parties’ married, then both parties are presumed to own or be responsible for half of the item at issue. The person on title, or the person who is on record as the…

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Exclusive Use of the Marital Residence

One of the most common issues faced by married couples when they decide to split up is determining who will stay in the marital residence. This situation is typically seen when one or both parties do not have the financial resources to support a separate residence, though it does occur in a multitude of other situations as well. Oregon law gives parties…

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Modifying Custody in Oregon

In order to modify custody in Oregon you need to prove a “substantial change of circumstances” occurred since the previous custody ruling. Courts undergo a two part analysis in custody modification proceedings. First, it must be shown that the change of circumstances was unanticipated, and the change must relate to a parent’s capacity to care for the children properly. Once…

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