Uncontested Cases and Kitchen Table Divorce

uncontested cases

Uncontested Divorce

“Kitchen Table” or Uncontested cases simply mean that the parties are in agreement on most or all issues and want to have assistance with the process including filing with the court.

When one party is cooperative but doesn’t want to participate or engage in meetings Mediation might not be the best fit. Thus, Tonya can represent one party and write up documents on his or her behalf in an uncontested family matter.

Tonya handles include Divorce, Legal Separation, Annulment, Prenuptial Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements, Marital Settlement Agreements, Unmarried Parents Custody, Domestic Partnership, Same sex relationships, Grandparent visitation, Modification of support, Child Support, and more.

Lets talk about Oregon Specifically

“Summary Dissolution” is one term used to reference an Uncontested Divorce in Oregon. “Short Form Dissolution” is also used referance an Uncontested Divorce as well. Spouses will need to meet certain criteria before they can file for one of these abbreviated forms of divorce. This form of divorce allows couples to end their marriage without ever appearing in court. Summary dissolution is available to parties who satisfy the following requirements:

  • one or both spouses have lived in Oregon for the past six months
  • the marriage is 10 or less years old
  • no children together, either biological or adopted
  • you have no children together who are 18 or older and currently attending school
  • the wife is not pregnant
  • neither party owns any interest in real estate in any state
  • neither party owns any interest in real estate in any state
  • you and your spouse own less than $30,000 in personal property, whether separate or joint your debts are no more than $15,000, whether separate or joint
  • your debts are no more than $15,000, whether separate or joint both parties waive the right to receive spousal support
  • both parties waive the right to receive spousal support neither spouse is asking for temporary orders
  • neither spouse is asking for temporary orders there are no divorce, separation, or annulment actions pending in any other state
  • both spouses agree on all matters of asset and debt division.

Please note this does require some cooperation from the other party, including sharing relevant discovery documents and signing legal documents.  When cooperation is not reached ultimately, the case may become contested.  In this event, Tonya will provide advice and assistance in transitioning to a traditional, contested litigation case.

Explore your options

You can complete an Uncontested Case virtually through video conference, phone, and/ or email. Of course you can always come to Tonya’s office in Beaverton Oregon as well.  For more information, and whether an Uncontested case, is a good fit, please contact Tonya or Cindy for more information at 503.531.9109.