Five Things You Need To Know About Divorce In Oregon

1. Oregon does NOT have “fault” divorce. Oregon is what is commonly called a “no-fault divorce” state. That means to get a divorce in Oregon, you don’t have to prove to the court that it was either spouse’s fault the marriage is ending. You only have to show that “irreconcilable differences between the parties have caused the irremediable breakdown of the marriage.” Although reasons the marriage ended (like infidelity, abandonment, etc.), may be of tremendous personal importance to you, they are not considered relevant to the judge as grounds for divorce. It is better (and probably cheaper) to work on your feelings about these issues with the help of friends, family, and/or a therapist rather than with your lawyer and the courts. 2. “Custody” is NOT the time you and your ex get to spend with the kids. Many people do not really know what “custody” means in the legal