The purpose of the Family Law Self Help office is to help the increasing number of self-represented litigants in domestic relations cases (divorce, custody, or parenting time proceedings). The program is part of a statewide effort to improve the accessibility of the court system to the public. Self-help information is not legal advice. Oregon law prevents us from offering legal advice to the public. Family Law Facilitator operates under the provisions of Oregon Revised Statute 3.428
Who Facilitators Can Assist
- People of any income level
- People who are not represented by lawyers
- People who know what kind of action they need to file
- Both parties in a case
- People who are involved in family law actions such as: dissolution of marriage (divorce), establishing or changing custody and parenting time, enforcing custody and parenting time
How Facilitators Can Assist
- Provide information on how to find forms and how to complete them
- Provide information about court procedures, rules, and other educational materials
- Refer to agencies and resources that provide legal and other services
- Provide document review to make sure forms are complete
- Provide information about how to being a court action
What Facilitators Cannot Do:
- Provide legal advice or opinion
- Fill out your papers or tell you what to write on them
- Assist people who are represented by lawyers
- Tell you what kind of case to file
- Provide information to one party that would not be given to all other parties
It is important to note that as a self-represented litigant, you are acting as your own attorney. Although this service may aid you in that, it is not a replacement for valuable legal advice nor should it be considered so. Court staff are prohibited from engaging in the unlawful practice of law.
Assistance the Family Law Facilitator Can Give You
The Family Law Facilitator is available by appointment to review your completed family law forms. You may also contact the Family Law Facilitator by email to ask procedural questions or for clarification on family law forms. You may also get information by calling the Self Help Resource Information Line. Please see the “Contact” box at the top of the page for contact information.
How to Schedule an Appointment
If you would like to meet with a Family Law Facilitator to review your documents, you must first fill them out as completely as possible. Once you have completed your family law forms, please call the Information / Appointments line at 503.650.3046
to schedule an appointment.
Appointments are one hour in length, and may be scheduled between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:00 pm, excluding the noon hour, Monday through Friday, except for court holidays.
Your Appointment with the Family Law Facilitator
Upon arriving at the courthouse for your appointment, please check in at the Information Center located on the first floor of the courthouse (the floor you enter on). You will then be directed to the ground floor to meet with the Family Law Facilitator.
Listed below are links to educational materials that may be of assistance to you: