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Oregon Divorce Residency Requirements

In order to file your Petition for Dissolution of Marriage in Oregon, you must make sure the Circuit Court has jurisdiction over your case. The most common way spouses are eligible to use a specific court system is by meeting the residency requirements. Meeting the Oregon residency requirements is typically only a concern for a spouse who has recently moved or is planning to move in the near future. The filing requirements are as follows:

The parties may file for a dissolution of marriage in Oregon if: The marriage took place in the state and either party is a resident of or domiciled in the state or at least one party must be a resident of or be domiciled in this state at the time the suit is commenced and continuously for a period of six months prior thereto.

  A petition for marital annulment, dissolution or separation may be filed only in a county in which the petitioner or respondent resides. (Oregon Statutes - Volume 2 - Sections: 14.070, 107.065, 107.075)

Since dissolution of marriage is governed by state law, it is required that you meet specific residency requirements in order to file for a dissolution of marriage in the state of Oregon. It is most common that people file for a dissolution of marriage in the county in which they live. You can also read more about the Oregon residency requirements in the Oregon state statutes located at: http://landru.leg.state.or.us/. If you are unsure of whether or not you meet the Oregon residency requirements you can try contacting the Clerk’s office of the domestic relations or family law division of your county courthouse.