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Oregon Divorce Law

Divorce Laws in Oregon

According to Oregon divorce laws, you do not need to prove grounds in order to receive a divorce. Under this concept, you may state that there are irreconcilable differences causing an irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. This is known as a no-fault divorce. Additionally, one of the spouses must have resided in Oregon for six months prior to filing the petition of divorce in OR.

Alimony & Equitable Distribution in Oregon

Oregon is known as an equitable distribution state. According to the divorce laws in Oregon this means that all property, whether marital or separate, must be divided fairly or equitably, but not necessarily equally, regardless of title held.

Spousal Support, also known as alimony, can be awarded to either the husband or wife for a temporary period or a lifetime. Such factors as the length of the marriage and the prior standard of living shall be considered in determining the amount and duration to be paid.

Oregon Child Support and Child Custody

The main focus in determining child custody, according to Oregon divorce law, is the best interest of the children. However, under OR divorce laws the assumption is that joint custody is the best custody, so long as the parents are in agreement. Joint custody must stipulate a primary residence as well as sole power of one parent to make major decisions regarding the upbringing of the child. Visitation rights are typically awarded to the non custodial parent when it is presumed to be in the best interest of the child.

Child support (a percentage of the non-custodial parentsí income paid to assist with the support of the children) is determined by the Income Shares model, based on the gross income divorce law in Oregon.

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