Divorce Attorney

If you’re considering divorce, your choice of attorney can make a significant difference in the process and the outcome of your case

Pacific Northwest Divorce Lawyer Provides Compassionate Representation

Quality family law attorney in Oregon and Washington with personal attention at affordable rates

At the Cochran Law Firm, we’re dedicated to providing professional and highly personalized legal services to clients going through a divorce. We understand the emotional strain that comes with marital dissolution, so our legal advice is always backed by emotional support. However, though we’re warm to our clients, we’re tough on opposing parties, fighting aggressively for our clients’ rights. Because we’re also mindful that you’re fighting for a secure future, we offer affordable rates. When you retain the Cochran Law Firm to manage your divorce, you can rely on us to address your needs and work diligently toward achieving your goals.

Deciding between traditional and no-fault divorce in Oregon and Washington

Most Oregon and Washington divorces are filed on no-fault grounds, meaning the petitioner attests that the marriage is over because of irreconcilable differences. This spares both parties the hardship of proving that one spouse’s conduct or incapacity was responsible for ending the marriage. However, some petitioners feel they need to have the cause on record. Oregon and Washington recognizes the following as grounds for divorce:

  • Adultery
  • Bigamy
  • Conviction of a felony
  • Desertion
  • Drunkenness or drug addiction
  • Impotence
  • Mental cruelty
  • Petitions to Modify (changing existing orders)Physical cruelty

Grounds may influence the family law court regarding ancillary issues such as child custody, but the judge is not allowed to consider them when determining the equitable distribution of marital property or spousal maintenance.

Choosing the appropriate process for your divorce

No two divorces are the same. Some parties retain enough trust to work cooperatively to dissolve the marriage; others have experienced so much betrayal that every issue is adversarial. Specific family and financial situations also influence the choice of process. The Cochran Law Firm counsels diverse clients regarding the methods available for the Oregon and Washington divorce process:

Uncontested divorce — The parties agree on the terms of the marital settlement and present them to the court for approval. The process may involve traditional negotiation or a collaborative divorce process such as mediation. Uncontested divorces are often less expensive and may allow the parties to arrive at compromises that are easier to accept than a court order.

Contested divorce — When parties cannot agree on all the ancillary issues, they appear before a judge, who issues a ruling. Contested divorce is often necessary when highly emotional issues such as child custody or complex financial issues in high net worth divorces are involved.

For your divorce, rely on a supportive and assertive attorney

If you’re considering divorce, your choice of attorney can make a significant difference in the process and the outcome of your case. Contact the Cochran Law Firm today at 503-756-0299 or online to set up a consultation. Our firm serves clients inside the Loop and throughout the entire Portland, Metropolitan and Vancouver Washington region.