Divorces, unpleasant by nature, are that much worse when they are costly. In Oregon, the cost of a divorce can range from very little to astronomical, depending on the kind of divorce you get.
Court Costs and Filing Fees
Every county in Oregon has its own circuit court and own slight variation on fees. Filing fees and court costs can be as little as $100 and as high as $400. The average cost for such fees in Oregon is $300. A judge can waive the costs and fees if the applicant completes a form indicating low income.
Uncontested Divorces and Attorney's Fees
In an uncontested divorce, both spouses agree on all the details of the separation, such as the splitting of assets and custody if children are involved. Spouses can do the paperwork themselves and thereby avoid paying an attorney. However, if an applicant wants a sheriff to serve the divorce papers on his or her spouse, a $20 fee applies.
Contested Divorces and Attorney's Fees
In a contested divorce, the parties cannot agree on terms, so attornies need to become involved. Every few years, the Oregon State Bar publishes a survey of the hourly rates of Oregon litigators. According to the Oregon State Bar, 56 percent of attorneys charged between $175 and $274 per hour in 2008. Attorney's fees factor greatly into the cost of a contested divorce, pushing the total money spent into the thousands.
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