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Family Law

The family law facilitator helps people who do not have an attorney file divorce and custody paperwork. Our facilitator is located on the 2nd level of the courthouse. To have completed documents reviewed, you must make an appointment in advance. To schedule an appointment, stop by the office during drop-in hours or call 541.473.5531

 

The facilitator CAN:

  • Explain what court forms are available and what each costs, if anything.
  • Explain general court procedures and processes in Family Law cases.
  • Review your paperwork for completeness.

The facilitator CANNOT:

  • Give legal advice, or tell you what to write in your paperwork. If you need this kind of help, you should consult an attorney.
  • Fill out paperwork for you.

Family law cases can be very complicated. Court staff CANNOT provide legal advice, fill out your forms for you, or tell you what to say in court. If you need assistance, please contact an attorney.

Legal Aid of Oregon

Legal Aid of Oregon is a non-profit corporation that provides free legal assistance to low income clients with non-criminal problems. Please call the number below to schedule an appointment.
 

Oregon State Bar Association

The Oregon State Bar Association can refer you to a local attorney specializing in the area of law you need. The Bar website also has other information about various legal topics.
 
Lawyer Referral: 800.542.7636

​Local Rule 8.013 requires all parties in cases which minor children are involved in a domestic relations case to attend a Court approved parenting class as provided in ORS 3.425

The only Court Approved Parent Education Course for Malheur County is the Center for Divorce Education's Children In Between Online co-parenting course.  No other parenting course will be accepted by the Malheur Court in meeting this requirement.  To access the online course​ click here and follow the tabs to purchase, sign-up, and begin the course.
 
You are to register for a class no later than fifteen (15) days after the date of filing your petition or response.  The certificate of completion shall be filed with the Court prior to the issuance of the final Judgment of Dissolution or Order on Judgment.
 
There is fee of $39.95 payable directly to the Provider when you register for the class online. In some situations, the fee may be deferred/waived upon request and qualifications.

In most cases, the court will order child support if you have a child and no child support order already exists. To calculate the expected amount based on Oregon Law, complete the Child Support Calculator. You must attach the completed Child Support Worksheets to your proposed judgment. If the amount of support you are requesting is different from what the calculator or worksheet says, you must explain why and how you reached that amount. For more information about Child Support, see the Oregon State Courts Child Support page.

If you have been a victim of physical abuse or threatened abuse, you may be able to get a protective order that tells the person who hurt or threatened you to leave you and your children alone. There are various types of protective orders with different rules, so read the instructions carefully or consult an attorney to help you determine the appropriate type of order for your circumstance. If you have been a victim of physical abuse or threatened abuse, you may be able to get a protective order that tells the person who hurt or threatened you to leave you and your children alone. There are various types of protective orders with different rules, so read the instructions carefully or consult an attorney to help you determine the appropriate type of order for your circumstance. Court staff cannot give you legal advice, which includes telling you which form to choose.

Family Abuse Prevention Act (FAPA) Restraining Order

This process is intended to provide you with protection from abuse by family, household members, or someone with whom you have had a sexual relationship. The abuse must have been committed within the last 180 days.

FAPA Forms​

Elderly Persons and persons with disabilities abuse prevention act (EPPDAPA)

If you are a person with disabilities, or if you are 65 years of age or older and not a resident of a long-term care facility, you may be eligible for this restraining order. A restraining order is an order of the court that restricts the person named in the order to stop threatening or abusing and to stay away from you.

EPPDAPA Forms

Sexual Abuse Protective Order (SAPO)

This is available in certain cases where a person was subjected to unwanted sexual abuse by another person who is not a family member or intimate partner.

SAPO Forms

Stalking Protective Order

You can get a Stalking Protective Order if you and/or a member of your immediate family or household are being stalked. Stalking is usually characterized by a pattern of intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly alarming or coercing another person, or engaging in unwanted and repeated contact.

Stalking Forms

Extreme Risk Protective Order

​An Extreme Risk Protection Order (ERPO) is a court order that prevents a person who is at risk of hurting another person or of committing suicide from having or getting deadly weapons, including firearms. Any family member, household member, or intimate partner can apply for an ERPO. Law enforcement officers can also apply.

ERPO Forms

 

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