Saving Your Marriage & Alternatives to Divorce in OregonPrior to considering a divorce, it is important to consider alternatives-- especially if there are children invovled. Have you and your spouse spoken openly and candidly about perceived problems within the marriage? Have you and your spouse attended marriage counseling? Have either you or your spouse participated in individual counseling or psychotherapy? Have you and your spouse tried a temporary physical separation? Have you and your spouse considered a legal separation?
Oregon is a "no fault" state and there is no requirement that you explore or attempt alternatives to divorce prior to filing. A belief by either spouse that the marriage is irretrievably broken is sufficient for a court to order a divorce-- even if the other spouse disagrees and believes the marriage can still be saved. However, parties to a divorce may wish to explore alternatives prior to filing because some marriages can be saved. While the vast majority of divorce filings end in an actual legal divorce, it is not uncommon for some couples to actually reconcile after filing, but prior to entry of judgment. In such cases, it likely would have been less stressful for the parties, less disruptive to the children, and certainly less expensive, to explore alternatives for divorce prior to actually filing.
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