Filing costs for dissolution, custody, and other family law matters

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Everyone wants to know how much their family law matter is going to cost. Your legal fees — well, that’s a matter between you and your attorney. Do you need a custody evaluation? That requires a professional, and will cost between $500-$7,000. If your case is complex, you might need experts to testify.

But here’s some good news: your filing fees can be easily quantified, because they’re set by the circuit courts each year.

The circuit you file in depends on where you or the other party (depending on the facts of your case) reside. So, for example, if you’re in Washington County, you or your lawyer will hoof it out to Hillsboro to file your paperwork, even if you’re way out in King City. Barring unusual circumstances, your case will stay in that circuit until it’s resolved.

Here are some of the common filing fees in the Portland Metro Area for 2008.

Clackamas County Circuit Court: (Effective April 1, 2008)

adoption (petition): $100

adoption (objecting party): $98

annulment (petition): $380

annulment (response): $304

child custody or support (petition): $370

child custody or support (response): $294

child custody or support (motion to modify): $100

child custody or support (response to motion): $75

dissolution of marriage (petition): $381

dissolution of marriage (response): $304

dissolution of marriage (motion to modify): $150

dissolution of marriage (response to motion): $115

family abuse prevention act (all): $0

filing/docketing foreign child custody determination: $41

paternity/filiation (petition): $370

paternity/filiation (response): $294

Multnomah County Circuit Court (Effective January 1 2008)

adoption (petition): $100

adoption (objecting party): $98

annulment (petition): $380

annulment (response): $254

child custody or support (petition): $370

child custody or support (response): $244

child custody or support (motion to modify): $200

child custody or support (response to motion): $100

dissolution of marriage (petition): $381

dissolution of marriage (response): $254

dissolution of marriage (motion to modify): $253

dissolution of marriage (response to motion): $140

family abuse prevention act (all): $0

filing/docketing foreign child custody determination: $41

paternity/filiation (petition): $370

paternity/filiation (response): $244

Washington County Circuit Court (Effective January 1 2008 and April 1 2008)

adoption (petition): $100

adoption (objecting party): $98

annulment (petition): $330

annulment (response): $263

child custody or support (petition): $320

child custody or support (response): $253

child custody or support (motion to modify): $55

child custody or support (response to motion): $55

dissolution of marriage (petition): $331

dissolution of marriage (response): $263

dissolution of marriage (motion to modify): $108

dissolution of marriage (response to motion): $95

family abuse prevention act (all): $0

filing/docketing foreign child custody determination: $41

paternity/filiation (petition): $320

paternity/filiation (response): $253

About Sean Stephens

By Sean Stephens Google + Sean Stephens is divorce and family law lawyer, and a founding member of Stephens Margolin P.C. He was born in Eugene, Oregon and is a fourth generation Oregonian. Sean Stephens attended the University of Oregon, and graduated in with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a minor in English Literature. His psychology studies emphasized early childhood development. You can find more about Sean Stephens at Stephens Margolin P.C.
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4 Responses to Filing costs for dissolution, custody, and other family law matters

  1. jonathan says:

    There are so many kinds of costs. Imagine discussing those with a spouse you want to be separated from.. huh.. That’s why we need a divorce lawyer

  2. annie says:

    The downside to allowing evidence of an affair in the divorce courtroom would be longer courtroom battles and more more legal fees.

  3. Pingback: Divorce, Custody, and Family Law Filing fee update for Multnomah County

  4. This is helpful information – thanks for sharing.

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