I live in deschutes county and filed here. The other party does not live in oregon but moved to have a change of venue to columbia county in where her mother is employed within the court working within the da office. Would this be considered a conflict of interest? She has accsessed my personal information in the past and used it for their own benifits and was investigated third party and was disciplined for it.
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I am sorry that you are going through this. The jurisdiction is where you either lived together as husband and wife, or if neither of you lives in that area, where one of you has lived for the statuory appropriate time. Chat with a local OR attny.
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First of all, no, there's no "conflict of interest." That term doesn't apply to anything here. The fact that your wife's mother works in the DA's office shouldn't influence your case.
As far as the venue question, that depends on a few things: If you have children together, then the divorce should properly be filed in the state and county where the children reside. If you don't, then it's a totality-of-the-circumstances test for what's the most reasonable location for both parties. You could certainly argue that, if you live in Oregon and she doesn't, then it makes sense for the suit to be in your county, since she's going to have to travel anyway. On the other hand, if she lives in, say, Washington, then Columbia County might be a more convenient compromise for the two of you.
You should consult with an attorney, if you're going through a divorce. You can call the Oregon State Bar for a referral at 503-684-3763.
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