The purpose of the Family Law Department is to help 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 Facilitators operate under the provisions of Oregon Revised Statute 3.428. 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.
- 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 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
The Chief Justice enacted Chief Justice Order No.
20-006 (Amended) that imposes restrictions on court operations during this
public health emergency. We are
currently operating with limited on-site staff who are able to provide limited
on site services. Priority will be given
to parties needing to file a protective order, stalking order, immediate danger
and any other emergency matters. For
questions or other assistance-not document review- you are able to email a
facilitator at the following email address:
Can I file online?
New cases can be filed online using our Guide & File system
for divorce and separation here.
Respondents in new divorce and separation cases can also be
filed using Guide & File here.
Family law motions to
modify can also be filed and are found here.
Users can also file online using OJD eFile.
The user must create their own document and upload it into the system. Documents to be filed must be separated into
individual PDF files and attached with the name of each filing. If you have any questions about the type of
document to name your filing, you may call Family Law at 503.373.4349.
Can I file by mail?
Yes. Forms are available online here. Forms can be printed, filled out and then sent
County Circuit Court
P.O. Box 12869
Salem, OR 97309
filings require a filing fee. Fees can
be paid by check or money order made payable to “The State of Oregon”. Check
for your fee here (starting on page 6, DOMESTIC RELATIONS or page 11, MOTIONS
IN DOMESTIC RELATIONS CASES) or call Family Law at 503.373.4349.
Will my hearing still be held?
than hearings on protective orders, most
family law hearings have been postponed and new matters are being set for
hearing after June 1st. If you received
a notice for a hearing scheduled to begin prior to June 1st, your hearing has
likely been postponed. Please call the
court prior to your scheduled hearing date at 503-588-5105 or check the court
calendar (available here) to confirm whether your hearing has been postponed.