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DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE

DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE

“Dissolution of marriage” is the official legal term for “divorce,” but the words are used interchangeably. Legal separations and annulments are alternatives to divorce.

Attorneys rely on the statutory law as well as guidance from the appellate courts to advise their clients about the likely legal outcome based on their unique set of facts. While divorce laws provide both general and specific direction to judges, attorneys and the parties, each case is decided on its own merits.

Depending on your circumstances, your attorney will guide you through the processes of division of property and debts, of spousal support and/or child support calculations and awards, and of provisions for child custody and parenting time. Attorneys will assist the parties in mediation, negotiations and, if necessary, legal action.

At the conclusion of the process, the court strives to reach a fair, equitable resolution.

In both Oregon and Washington, neither party is required to allege “fault” as a basis for divorce.  While a spouse cannot challenge the request for divorce, he or she can contest the details of the divorce (i.e., the specific division of the marital estate, whether spousal support is included, how custody and parenting time and child support are allocated).

Once there is a resolution, whether agreed upon or reached after a court hearing, the terms of the divorce are memorialized in a Decree or General Judgment of Dissolution. With few exceptions, these terms are intended to be final.

DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE

“Dissolution of marriage” is the official legal term for “divorce,” but the words are used interchangeably. Legal separations and annulments are alternatives to divorce.

Attorneys rely on the statutory law as well as guidance from the appellate courts to advise their clients about the likely legal outcome based on their unique set of facts. While divorce laws provide both general and specific direction to judges, attorneys and the parties, each case is decided on its own merits.

Depending on your circumstances, your attorney will guide you through the processes of division of property and debts, of spousal support and/or child support calculations and awards, and of provisions for child custody and parenting time. Attorneys will assist the parties in mediation, negotiations and, if necessary, legal action.  At the conclusion of the process, the court strives to reach a fair, equitable resolution.

In both Oregon and Washington, neither party is required to allege “fault” as a basis for divorce.  While a spouse cannot challenge the request for divorce, he or she can contest the details of the divorce (i.e., the specific division of the marital estate, whether spousal support is included, how custody and parenting time and child support are allocated).

Once there is a resolution, whether agreed upon or reached after a court hearing, the terms of the divorce are memorialized in a Decree or General Judgment of Dissolution. With few exceptions, these terms are intended to be final.

DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE

“Dissolution of marriage” is the official legal term for “divorce,” but the words are used interchangeably. Legal separations and annulments are alternatives to divorce.

Attorneys rely on the statutory law as well as guidance from the appellate courts to advise their clients about the likely legal outcome based on their unique set of facts. While divorce laws provide both general and specific direction to judges, attorneys and the parties, each case is decided on its own merits.

Depending on your circumstances, your attorney will guide you through the processes of division of property and debts, of spousal support and/or child support calculations and awards, and of provisions for child custody and parenting time. Attorneys will assist the parties in mediation, negotiations and, if necessary, legal action.  At the conclusion of the process, the court strives to reach a fair, equitable resolution.

In both Oregon and Washington, neither party is required to allege “fault” as a basis for divorce.  While a spouse cannot challenge the request for divorce, he or she can contest the details of the divorce (i.e., the specific division of the marital estate, whether spousal support is included, how custody and parenting time and child support are allocated).

Once there is a resolution, whether agreed upon or reached after a court hearing, the terms of the divorce are memorialized in a Decree or General Judgment of Dissolution. With few exceptions, these terms are intended to be final.