The purpose of the Family Court Assistance Office is to help the increasing number of self- represented litigants in domestic relations cases (divorce, custody, or parenting time proceedings). The program is part of a state-wide effort to improve the accessibility of the court system to the public. Office staff can inform self-represented litigants of court procedures and available court forms, review documents, and provide information about legal services and other resources available in the community.
Please be aware that office staff may also assist the opposing party. Any meetings or conversations you have with office staff are not confidential. Staff cannot give legal advice or help with legal strategy, and assumes no responsibility for the accuracy or legal effects of the information contained in any written or verbal instructions or forms.
Domestic relations cases involve making important decisions and often have complex legal issues that are difficult to handle without an attorney. Because your rights may be substantially affected, we strongly recommend you seek legal assistance from a lawyer who will protect your interests. This is especially true in situations where you have been married for ten or more years, you or your spouse have a retirement plan, own real property, have young children, or if either you or your spouse have significant health problems.
The Family Court Assistance Office has drop-in office hours on Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. All first time visitors are required to complete and submit an intake form. During drop-in hours you may purchase forms and receive a brief overview of the process. Please note that document review is only available by appointment. If you have questions, please stop by the office during drop-in hours or call (541) 682-4302. The Family Court Assistance Office is located on the basement level of the Lane County Courthouse, 125 E. 8th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401. You must pass through courthouse security and take the elevator to the basement in order to access the office.