Jordan New has experience handling divorce cases from filing to judgment. There are many aspects of a divorce case that the lay-person might not consider, and divorces are unique in that the court is not able to review a judgment and determine whether all financial and custody issues are properly addressed. Incomplete judgments lead to cases being reopened in the future, which can be financially and emotionally devastating to parties trying to move on with their lives. Having an attorney to ensure all matters are addressed and to draft a judgment for the parties helps maintain civility during challenging times and ensure that the divorce is complete.
- Initial consultation with attorney.
- Hire attorney.
- Provide documentation and other information required by Oregon law.
- Review Petition for Dissolution or Legal Separation
- Attorney files Petition with mandatory filing fee (ORS 21.155).
- The filing of the Petition will trigger an Order from the court to preserve assets. The Order freezes certain accounts and prohibits the cancellation of insurance policies or changing of beneficiaries in retirement accounts.
- Opposing party or their attorney is served with Petition.
- Opposing party has 30 days to file response to Petition.
- If applicable, you and your spouse must complete a parenting class early in divorce process. The class is required, lasts approximately four hours, and covers topics relevant to helping children adjust to the divorce.
- Parties exchange Requests for Production of documents.
- Parties exchange required documentation and information requested in Requests for Production.
- If necessary, parties may file motions to temporarily resolve issues such as living situations, support, and child custody during the pendency of the case.
- If necessary, resolve motions described above by negotiation or hearing in court.
- If necessary, conduct depositions to gain further information.
- Negotiation regarding terms of final dissolution or separation and parenting plan, if necessary.
- If necessary, mediation to resolve issues of final dissolution or separation.
- If no settlement can be reached, prepare for trial.
- Present case to a Judge at trial.
- Judge makes rulings regarding final disposition of case.
- Attorneys prepare and approve of Final Judgment of Dissolution or Legal Separation.
- Judge approves and signs Final Judgment.
- Property exchanged pursuant to Final Judgment.
- Complete other tasks necessary to effecting Final Judgment (separate retirement plans, obtain separate insurance, confer with tax preparers, etc.).