When you are considering a divorce you are probably struggling quite a bit with the emotional toll of a dissolution of marriage. David Johnson, a qualified Salem divorce lawyer, can help you through the complex process. He will work hard for you and help you achieve the outcome that you would like.


In Oregon, a divorce is also called “dissolution of marriage” by the courts. Dissolution of marriage is when a couple wants to legally end their marriage.

A divorce judgment will dictate the date the marriage is terminated, who will receive custody, the details of child support and the health insurance for the children, how property will be divided and whether spousal support will be allotted. Oregon is a “no fault” divorce state.

Therefore, any couple has the ability to get a divorce regardless of the reason. A couple has the ability to get a divorce for the mere fact that they do not want to live together anymore.


A contested divorce is often a little bit more complicated than an uncontested divorce and therefore usually a little more expensive. In a contested case, you are basically suggesting to the court that you and your Ex-partner cannot agree and so you are asking the court to make a decision for you.

Having a contested divorce may be because you are dividing up a substantial estate, discussing a significant amount of money, or other high-value assets. Another example that a contested divorce may be suitable is when one spouse is in need of protection from an abusive spouse, or when somebody needs a court order to stop their spouse from wasting their marital assets. In these circumstances, a professional divorce lawyer is highly recommended.


An uncontested divorce may also be referred to as an agreed divorce. In Oregon, an uncontested divorce means that you and your spouse have no arguments on how to divide property and debts, who will have custody of the child(ren), details of child support, and the specifics of spousal support.

In most uncontested divorce cases in Oregon, the couples agree to adhere to the Oregon child support guidelines. It is prudent for you to speak with an attorney before coming to an agreement with your spouse. Even if you never go to trial, a divorce lawyer in Salem can make sure that you completely understand the details of your divorce and allow you to receive what you deserve in your dissolution of marriage.

Most divorce cases will never reach a trial, but that doesn’t mean that you don’t need the help of a qualified professional. An experienced lawyer practicing divorce law in Salem can help you weigh all of your options and walk you through the overwhelming divorce process.

Missing Spouse

A missing spouse divorce is also known as divorce by publication. A missing spouse divorce is a little bit more complicated and involved than contested and uncontested divorce. A missing spouse divorce is when somebody would like to petition for divorce, but cannot locate their spouse.

If you try to find your spouse in an honest effort and are still unable to locate them then you need to reach out to a divorce attorney to help you proceed with a divorce.

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Whether the divorce is uncontested or contested it is not required by law to have a lawyer represent you in your divorce case. However, with any divorce case, it is highly encouraged to consult with legal representation. With contested divorces, it is almost certain that you will need assistance from an attorney.

With a simple and straightforward divorce, you may be eligible for a short-form summary dissolution (uncontested divorce). If you meet all of the requirements for a short-form summary dissolution then you can get the paperwork at your nearby courthouse.

Although you do not need a lawyer to complete these forms you probably should consider having an attorney look over your papers to make sure that you completed them thoroughly. A Salem divorce lawyer might be your best option.

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