Oregon couples who wish to end their marriage as quickly as possible have several options. The state provides spouses with an array of free online resources that allow people to prepare their own divorce paperwork. Although Oregon imposed a 90-day waiting period for divorces in previous years, the state has done away with this requirement. Under certain circumstances, couples can end their marriage within a matter of days.
In Oregon, all divorces are referred to as a "dissolution of marriage." Rather than a plaintiff and defendant, the spouses are called petitioner and respondent. Oregon also allows spouses to file together as co-petitioners.
Oregon is a pure "no-fault" divorce state, which means it does not permit spouses to allege any wrongdoing as the reason for the divorce. The only ground permissible under Oregon family law is irreconcilable differences.
Parties can satisfy the state residency requirement in one of two ways. You can file for dissolution if you were married there and at least one spouse currently lives there. You can also file in Oregon if at least one spouse has lived in the state for a minimum of six months.
In Oregon, an uncontested divorce is referred to as a "Summary Dissolution" or "Short Form Dissolution." Spouses who meet certain criteria can file for one of these abbreviated forms of divorce. This form of divorce allows couples to end their marriage without ever appearing in court. Summary dissolution is available to parties who satisfy the following requirements:
Couples who satisfy these requirements can either file their forms in person or mail them to the court. The required forms include:
Because there is no longer a mandatory waiting period in Oregon, it is possible to end your marriage within days of filing. For practical reasons, such as administrative issues, it generally takes several days to a few weeks for the court to process dissolution paperwork.
Although these summary divorce processes are not available to parties with minor children, divorcing parents can still file for a regular "Dissolution of Marriage" as co-petitioners. As with summary dissolution, the parties have the option to mail their dissolution documents to the court, however, they must attend a court hearing in person.
The forms required for a dissolution of marriage for parties with minor children are available online and include the following:
Couples with minor children must also complete a mandatory parent education course designed to give them information about how divorce affects children. Petitioners who wish to end their marriage as soon as possible can speed up the dissolution process by completing this course immediately after they file their case.
Divorcing couples without children must complete the following forms for a dissolution of marriage.
If you have questions about filing for divorce in Oregon, you should contact a local family law attorney for help.
To obtain divorce forms, see the Oregon Judicial Department Statewide Family Law Forms