For couples who are not sure whether divorce is the best option and want to meet with a counselor, referral information is available on this site.
The Family Law department reviews all completed paperwork by appointment only. Appointments are available between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. and can be made in person or by phone. Children are not permitted at the review.
Family Law facilitators review all restraining order packets daily before they go to a judge. To have your restraining order packet reviewed, you must:
- Have completed the restraining order packet
- Sign in with the Family Law department no later than 10:30 a.m.
- Have a valid photo ID
After the packet has been reviewed, the petitioner must return at 2 p.m. that day* for an ex-parte hearing during which a judge will review the packet and either grant or deny the petition for restraining order. All copies will be available after 4 p.m. the same day.
You can find more information about restraining orders here
*Parties with a pending or existing family law case may return at a different time if their case is assigned to an elected judge. Parties needing an interpreter must return the next day so the court can accommodate their needs.
The court recognizes that many people must file without the help of an attorney. The Family Law Department can help you locate forms and navigate the court process, but cannot give legal advice. More information is available at the “Family Law Self Help” section of this site.
Court staff can provide:
- General information about court procedures, rules and practices
- Instructions and forms that the court developed for some proceedings (forms are not available for all leagal proceedings)
- Court schedules and information on how to get matters scheduled
- Public informatio in court records
- A list of low-cost or no-cost legal services available in the community
- Information about the Oregon State Bar's Lawyer Referral Services and TEL-LAW program
- The location of local law libraries that are open to the public
Oregon law prevents court staff from:
- Advising or recommending one procedure, form or pleading over another
- Advising what words to put in a form or what to say in court
- Suggesting what you "should do"
- Speculating about the possible outcome of a pending court matter
- Recommending the services of a specific attorney or group of attorneys