Whether you plan to file for divorce, or your spouse already has, a divorce is probably one of the most stressful experiences you can face. At Coast Family Law, our goal is to minimize your stress and help you through the twists and turns of the Oregon divorce process. We are committed not only to helping you achieve the legal outcome you want from your divorce, but giving you the support you need every step of the way.
A divorce attorney's first step in advocating for you is listening to you: hearing your issues and concerns, understanding the unique facts of your story, and helping you identify your goals for divorce and the life you will build afterward.
Divorce affects every aspect of your life. It can make life seem out of control, even if it is planned. Most people who go through divorce are doing so for the first time, and the process can be intimidating. In fact, those who are going through divorce for a second time often tell us that wish they had used an attorney rather than try to figure out the process alone. We believe in empowering you not only by listening to you and making sure you are heard, but by informing you about the legal process so you will know what to expect.
Oregon is a no fault state. This means that you do not need a reason (i.e., adultery, abandonment, etc.) to obtain a divorce. You only must state “irreconcilable differences” exist between you and your spouse for the court to grant your divorce. This is not to say that “bad acts” don’t matter. However, while “bad acts” may play a factor in other aspects of your divorce (i.e., support, custody, property divisions, etc.), they are not necessary to begin the process.
To file for divorce in Oregon, either you or your spouse must have lived in Oregon for at least 6 months. The divorce may be filed in a county where either of you reside. If you have lived in Oregon for less than 6 months, please contact our office to discuss other options, such as legal separation in anticipation of divorce.
Even if you feel like you can file your petition for dissolution of marriage yourself, it can still help to sit down with an experienced divorce attorney first. At Coast Family Law we know you can’t always afford an attorney to stand beside you in court. We will help you consider your circumstances, making sure you have covered all the necessary provisions and have prepared all the required paperwork. We can help you consider possible settlements and understand the long-term consequences of your choices. That way you can ask the court to enter your dissolution of marriage with confidence. If you ever feel like you are in over your head, we are ready and able to step in and represent you directly, taking the burden off you during this difficult time.
Coast Family Law normally represents clients in courts on the Oregon coast, including Clatsop and Tillamook counties. Our office is in Gearhart, conveniently located between Astoria and Tillamook. We invite you to contact us at (503) 739-7616 or using our online contact form to schedule a consultation with a divorce attorney. We look forward to working with you.