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Family Law

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 or walk-in. We make every effort to assist walk-in customers, but depending on our staffing cannot guarantee that you will be seen without an appointment. 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 document review appointment.

Click here for information about local rules regarding family law.

Our court provides free document review services to self-represented litigants filing for divorce, separation, custody, parenting time, child and spousal support and other matters involving families.  We strongly encourage you to use this service. 
If you want to have your documents reviewed prior to filing and choose to use the Interactive Guide and File Interview available on the Oregon Judicial Department’s website, you must save your interview and print your forms without submitting your filing.  Please bring your completed forms to your document review appointment.  If you complete the Interactive Guide and File Interview and submit your filing electronically, we are not able to review your forms. 

Restraining Orders

Family Law facilitators review all restraining order and stalking order packets daily before they go to a judge. To have your restraining order packet reviewed, you must:
  • Have completed the restraining order packet
  • Have a valid photo ID
Ex parte hearings for Restraining Orders are held at 2:00pm every day the court is open.  Customers whose packets are completed by 10:30am will attend a hearing that same day.  Customers whose packets are completed after 10:30am will attend a hearing the following business day.  A judge will review the packet and either grant or deny the petition for Restraining or Stalking Order. You will be provided copies of your packet if your order is granted. 
You can find more information about restraining orders here. If you need assistance filling out a restraining order peitition, please contact Marion County Victims Assistance.
*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.

Forms for Unrepresented Parties

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 information 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


Family Law Department

Phone: 503.373.4349

Marion County Courthouse
100 High St. NE
Salem, Oregon