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Family Court


   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)
        **Phones are answered 8:30AM-10:30AM and 1:30PM-4:30PM,
           Monday through Friday (except holidays).

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
Patrick W. Henry
Michael Loy
(Formerly Judge Diana I. Stuart)
Susan M. Svetkey
Kathryn Villa-Smith
Xiomara Torres Mattson

Referees Handling Juvenile Court Cases
Carol Herzog
Linda Hughes
David Knofler


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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