The Uncontested Divorce Process
Find Out if You Qualify for a Simple Divorce without Court
When a couple agrees to dissolve their marriage in the most efficient, economical and amicable manner possible, the process is greatly simplified. An uncontested divorce involves completing all negotiations outside of the courtroom. This often has the advantage of significantly reducing the overall costs.
Addressing the Details & Working Through the Changes
The end of a marriage can significantly change your life. As your lawyers, we take the time to identify your goals. As we guide you through the uncontested divorce process, we can provide legal guidance geared toward protecting those things that are most important to you.
Some of the issues we address include in an uncontested divorce:
- Assets and finances - Finances are among the first things that must be negotiated and addressed before the divorce can be completed. How will property and debt be divided? Are spousal support or child support arrangements necessary? Who will keep the house or the vehicles?
- Parental rights - When protecting your parental rights is crucial, there is no substitute for solid legal guidance. The most difficult agreements to make in any divorce are often those concerning the children. The details of child custody and parenting time can be negotiated privately or through meetings with representative attorneys or a mediator. The state of Oregon will require both parties take parenting time classes.
Tips for a Friendly Divorce
- Make Sure This Is What You Want – Even under the most positive conditions, divorce is stressful, especially when there are children involved. Before making that leap to divorce, consider talking to a family counselor and schedule an appointment with an experienced Portland divorce attorney to go over what you're really getting into.
- Talk Things Out with Your Spouse – The more decisions the two of you can agree on up front, the quicker and easier the divorce will be. This means coming up with a plan for how to divide your assets, who gets custody, and other things. If you can't come to an amicable arrangement with your future ex, then a divorce attorney or mediator can help. Remember: if you don't decide, then a judge will do it for you – which is not the situation you want to be in.
- Choose Your Battles – Often, a divorce attorney will watch as their clients fight for something they don't really care about, but rather they want to deprive their partner of something. Before it gets to this point, make a list of what items and assets are truly important to you and then rank them as "need," "want," and "would like." It's not worth the time, money, or pain it will cause your family to fight over something that doesn't matter that much to you, anyway.
- Take Care of Your Health (Physical & Mental) – Divorce can be a stressful, emotional experience even under the best of scenarios, and the physical toll this takes on you can negatively affect your behavior. Rest, exercise, and eat well. If you still feel like the stress is too much, then talk to a counselor to help sort through your feelings so that you can be rational.
Looking for a Fast, Out-of-Court Divorce? Call Pacific Cascade Family Law!
As your attorneys, we handle all of the necessary documentation. If both parties agree on all of the key points, it is possible to waive the court hearing. This will reduce the amount of time needed to legally finalize the uncontested divorce. It also helps to preserve the privacy of everyone involved by avoiding the relatively public forum of the courtroom.
From our office in Portland, we provide family law services to clients throughout Oregon. Call us at (888) 981-9511 to arrange a consultation at a time that works for you.
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