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Family Court

Please note,

  • Supplemental Local Rules (SLR) - Changes Due to eCourt (pdf 100 KB)

  • The Temporary Program for Trial Readiness Conferences and Attorney-Assisted Mediation has concluded. Chief Family Court Judge Maureen McKnight thanks our 32 attorney volunteers and the staff of Family Court Services and Lewis & Clark Legal Clinic for their considerable assistance to the Court during the eCourt transition.


   Multnomah County Circuit Court Family Court


Cases Handled in the Family Court

  • Domestic Relations Matters
    Marital dissolution (divorce),
    child custody and parenting time,
    child support,
    restraining orders, and more.

  • Juvenile Court Cases
    Abused or neglected children and minors accused of law violations

  • Domestic Violence Court Cases
    Criminal misdemeanor domestic violence cases and restraining order violations

  • Probate Matters
    Estates, trusts, conservatorships, and guardianships

  • Civil Commitment Cases
    Proceedings about whether a person alleged to be mentally ill should be hospitalized or otherwise required to obtain treatment

Court Locations and Phone Numbers
Multnomah County Courthouse
1021 SW 4th Avenue in Portland (between Salmon and Main Streets)
Family Law Court Staff - 503/988-3022 (option 2)
Probate Court Staff - 503/988-3022 (option 4)

Juvenile Justice Center
1401 NE 68th Avenue, Portland (68th Avenue exit off I-84 eastbound)
Juvenile Court Clerk Office - 503/988-3022 (option 5)

East County Courthouse (Some family law matters are heard there on Mondays and Wednesdays)
18480 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97233
General Information Phone: 503.988.3199

Judges of the Family Court
Maureen McKnight - Chief Family Court Judge
Katherine Tennyson - Chief Probate Judge
Beth A. Allen
Amy Holmes Hehn
Paula J. Kurshner
Michael Loy
Diana I. Stuart
Susan M. Svetkey
Kathryn Villa-Smith
Merri Souther Wyatt

Referees Handling Juvenile Court Cases
Lisa Fithian-Barrett
Carol Herzog
Linda Hughes
David Knofler

Referees Handling Civil Commitment Cases
Connie Isgro


The staff of the Family Court can provide procedural help but not legal advice. Resources for persons who do not have attorneys can be found in Q/A no.3 on the FAQs page, on the Finding Legal Help page, and on the Oregon Judicial Department (OJD) Family Law statewide website. Check the Helpful Links on the left side of this page, too.

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