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Portland Divorce Checklist

Filing for a Portland divorce can be a stressful event. However, if you are organized and prepared for the process, you can relieve yourself of some of this stress.

This article will explain what you need to do to prepare for a Portland divorce.

Before You Prepare for a Portland Divorce

Before you fill out any legal documents or begin gathering information for your case, you should ensure you meet the basic requirements to file for divorce in Portland, Oregon.

First, either you or your spouse must meet the Portland residency requirements. Under Oregon divorce law, you may divorce in the state if you were married in Oregon and either you or your spouse is a resident of or domiciled in the state. You also can meet residency requirements if either you or your spouse has been a resident of or domiciled in the state for six months prior to filing.

Additionally, you must have proper grounds, or reason, to file for a Portland divorce.

In Portland, there exist both no-fault divorces and fault-based divorces. Which one you file for will depend on your grounds. A no-fault divorce means that neither party blames the other for wrongdoing. A fault-based divorce means that one spouse blames the other for the breakdown of the marriage.

For a no-fault Portland divorce, you only need to cite irreconcilable differences as your grounds.

For a fault-based Portland divorce, you must show that you were incapable of entering into a marriage contract at the time of marriage. You may also show that your consent to the marriage was obtained by force or fraud.

Preparing for Your Portland Divorce

This following checklist highlights all the main steps you should take prior to filing for divorce. If you have questions about these steps, you should consult divorce lawyers in Portland.

  • Gather documentation that may be relevant to your case. This can include financial statements, income tax filings and proof of property ownership.
  • Ask friends and family members if they can refer a Portland divorce lawyer for you to hire.
  • Use a site like to find an attorney in your area. Whether you are filing for divorce in Gresham, Troutdale, Fairview or another part of Multnomah County, can connect you to a Portland divorce lawyer near you.
  • Go on an initial consultation to meet with an attorney you are interested in. This consultation is your opportunity to ask the lawyer about his practice, tell him about your case and make a hiring decision.
  • Close any joint accounts you have with your spouse and open your own. This includes credit cards, checking accounts and savings accounts,
  • Get your own health insurance, if necessary.
  • Alter your will accordingly.
  • Inform your employer and insurance carriers of your impending single status.
  • Have your attorney assist you with filling out the petition for dissolution of marriage.
  • File the petition with the Multnomah Circuit Court.