What Do I Need to Know About Filing Divorce in Oregon with Help Yourself Divorce?

Help Yourself Divorce is a no-fault divorce service, for those who agree on the terms of the divorce and are both willing to sign the papers. The following is a list of requirements and information about what to expect from the process. Please note that this will only apply if you use the services of Help Yourself Divorce. Those seeking to use another route for their divorce should perform their own research about what to expect from the process.

Grounds for Divorce in Oregon.

Because Help Yourself Divorce is a no-fault divorce service, we will prepare your divorce papers based on the grounds of irreconcilable differences (“no-fault” divorce).

Oregon Residency Requirements.

If you and your spouse were married in the state of Oregon, the only residency requirement is that at least one party resides in Oregon at the time you file for divorce.

However, if you and your spouse were not married in the state of Oregon, at least one party must reside in Oregon for a continuous period of six months before filing for divorce.

If you and your spouse have minor children, the court must have jurisdiction over them. Generally this means your children must currently live in Oregon, and must have lived in Oregon for at least six months.

Filing for Divorce.

A petition for divorce can be filed only in the county where either of the spouses reside.

Oregon Divorce Filing Fees.

When you file the papers, you will have to pay a separate filing fee to the Courts. Please check with your local court clerk to find out how much the current filing fee is.

Serving Your Spouse.

In Oregon, you file as joint petitioners. This means that you do not need to serve your spouse. You simply both sign the petition and one spouse files it with the Court.

Waiting Period.

There is a 90 day waiting period after filing before your divorce can be finalized. However, Oregon allows you to file an affidavit requesting that the Court waive that 90 day waiting period. Help Yourself Divorce will provide you with the necessary paperwork to use if you wish to do this. What this means for you is that if you do not wish to wait 90 days, you can simply file this paperwork and if the court allows, your divorce will be granted much sooner (typically about 15 days).

Final Divorce Hearing.

Oregon does not require a final hearing. The judge will review your paperwork and mail your decree back to you about 15 days after filing (or 105 days if you don’t ask the Court to waive the 90 day waiting period, see above).


If you have any questions about whether our service is right for you, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

IMPORTANT: Help Yourself Divorce is a paralegal service, not a law firm. Please don’t rely on this information for legal advice. Seek help from an attorney if you need legal advice.


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