Legal Separation in Oregon

The only way to end a marriage in Oregon is by divorce. At present Oregon does not offer couples an alternative to divorce by way of legal separation. Similar to divorce some states allow couples to legally separate by obtaining a court order granting the separation. However, such an option does not exist in Oregon.

Couples may choose to live apart and act separately in financial matters (assuming new debts, earning money, etc), but the couple remains married and potentially liable for each other’s actions just like any other married couple. If you are considering separating from your spouse and wish to limit your financial responsibility for your spouse’s actions you should consult with an experienced family law attorney to determine what options are available.