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Oregon Dissolution of Marriage Definitions

This collection of definitions will help clarify some unique characteristics to the Oregon Dissolution of Marriage laws, process and paperwork which is filed with the court.

Filing Party Title:
Petitioner or Co-Petitioner

The spouse who will initiate the Dissolution of Marriage by filing the required paperwork with the court.

Non-Filing Party Title:
Respondent or Co-Petitioner

The spouse who does not initiate the Dissolution of Marriage with the court.

Court Name:
In the Circuit Court for the State of Oregon for the County of ___________.

The proper name of the court in which a Dissolution of Marriage is filed in the state of Oregon. Each jurisdictional court typically has a domestic relations or a family law department or division.

Child Support Enforcement Website:
http://www.afs.hr.state.or.us/childsupp.html

The state run office devoted to enforcing existing child support orders and collecting any past due child support.

Document Introduction:
INSERT

The lead-in verbiage used in the legal caption or header of the documents filed with the court. The introduction typically prefaces both spouse’s names.

Initial Dissolution of Marriage Document:
Petition for Dissolution of Marriage

The title and name of the legal document that will initiate the Oregon Dissolution of Marriage process. The filing spouse is also required to provide the non-filing spouse a copy of this document.

Final Dissolution of Marriage Document:
Judgment of Dissolution of Marriage

The title and name of the legal document that will finalize the Oregon Dissolution of Marriage process. This document will be signed by the judge, master, or referee of the court to declare your marriage officially terminated.

Clerk’s Office Name:
Office of the Clerk of the County Circuit Court

The office of the clerk that will facilitate the Dissolution of Marriage process. This is the title you would address letters to or ask for when contacting the courthouse.

Legal Separation:

The grounds for legal separation (separation from bed and board) in Oregon are irreconcilable differences between the spouses which have caused the irretrievable breakdown of the marriage. The spouses may enter a separation agreement to live apart for at least 1 year. At least 1 of the spouses must be a resident of Oregon when the action for legal separation is filed. The legal separation may be filed for in a county where either spouse lives. [Oregon Revised Statutes; Volume 2, Sections 14.070, 107.025, 107.075, 107.455, and 107.475].

Property Distribution:
Equitable Distribution

The applicable Oregon law that will dictate how property and debt is to be divided upon Dissolution of Marriage.