For an Appointment, Contact Us
What Clients Say
Turned In The Key“Bobbie: please inform Ron my wife and her child have vacated the premises and turned in the key to me....2014-11-18T08:38:32+00:00
Sole Custody AwardedI cannot imagine not having custody of my beautiful little daughter, and I am so grateful to Ron for making...2014-11-18T08:40:17+00:00
No Small MattersI also was impressed and thrilled that the other lawyer argued his case for ten minutes, and that you destroyed...2014-11-18T08:45:03+00:00
Astronomical Support RequestI am pleased that Ron stuck to his guns and cut a good deal for me. Don G.2014-11-18T08:46:39+00:00
Saved My DaughterAfter a full day trial, the judge ruled in my favor and changed legal custody to me. I am grateful...2014-11-18T08:48:42+00:00
Our Portland Divorce Attorney is a Strong Advocate for Spouses Seeking Dissolution of Marriage
When you make the decision to move forward with a divorce, there may be many questions still left unanswered. Our Portland divorce attorney Ronald Allen Johnston understands that the choice to file for divorce was not an easy one to make, but the unknown of what is to come can be the cause of even more stress. Ronald Johnston is here to provide you with the information you need throughout the divorce process, starting with this list of frequently asked questions that we commonly answer at our firm.
- What do I have to prove for the court to grant a divorce in Oregon?
- When I file the petition for divorce, what happens next?
- Is it true that I will need to complete a parenting class before the court will finalize my divorce?
- How does Oregon divide shared property in divorce?
In the state of Oregon, divorce laws allow you to file a “no fault” divorce. Claiming “no fault” in a divorce only requires you to state that there are irreconcilable differences between you and your spouse. There is usually no need to bring up any evidence of misconduct, unless it may potentially affect child custody issues. Our Portland divorce lawyer can help you pursue a divorce with or without the consent of your spouse.
Back to Top
When I file the petition for divorce, what happens next?
Once you file a petition and the other party is served with the divorce paperwork, an automatic financial restraining order is set in place. This prevents you or your spouse from changing the financial status quo, which includes the transferring of any assets. The court may also put in place a temporary protective order of restraint if children are involved, which does not allow any changes to the residency or routine of the children. Then the attorneys will proceed with the discovery process, which is the full disclosure of finances between spouses. The attorneys will work at this time with their clients to come to a settlement without resorting to litigation. If parties cannot agree, they may be sent to mediation regarding child custody matters or proceed to trial before a judge.
Schedule a pre-divorce consultation today to have an in-depth discussion of the divorce process with an experienced Portland divorce attorney.
Back to Top
Is it true that I will need to complete a parenting class before the court will finalize my divorce?
Oregon does require both parties involved in a divorce to complete a parenting class if children are involved. Depending on the county, this class is typically a few hours long and covers many helpful topics, such as how to help your children cope with divorce as well as information on how to make parenting time better. The prices of these classes also vary by county.
Mothers and fathers will usually complete this class and file the appropriate certificates with the court early on in the divorce process. Not completing these classes will prevent the finalization of your divorce. For more information about how Ronald Johnston will work alongside you in your divorce, call our firm at (503) 226-7986.
Back to Top
How does Oregon divide the property in divorce?
The divorce court divides property in Oregon in an “equitable distribution,” which means that each party will receive a fair amount of the property, but it will not necessarily be split in half. In the discovery process, all non-liquid assets (such as a house or business) will have a monetary value assigned to them. The court will then consider the contribution of each spouse as well as the reasonable costs of sale when deciding on the property division.
For more detail on these and other questions, please see our page Time Lines for Dissolutions.