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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.Facilitators Can
Marion County Circuit Court Family Law Department, First Floor 100 High Street NESalem, OR 97301Phone: 503.373.4349 Fax: 503.589.3224Document Review Appointments:Walk-in office hours for the Family Law Department are Monday through Friday from 8:00 AM to Noon, and 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM (hours subject to change).Appointments are scheduled as time permits. To guarantee an appointment please call ahead.Forms must be complete at the time of your document review appointment.
Forms are available here, and may be filled out online or printed.
Please be aware that children are not allowed in document review appoints. However, Marion County offers a free childcare service called CourtCare, which is available to any individuals conducting court business.
Filings that address custody, parenting time, or child support must have a Child Support Calculator, Parenting Plan, and Certificate of attendance for COPE (a one-time, four-hour seminar provided for parents who are going through divorce or separation).The Child Support Calculator Basic Parenting Plans
For the most recent parenting plan, please use the Model Parenting Plan SLR 8.075.COPE
Mediation is a process that allows parents to work out a plan that sets out the child's schedule with each parent, and specifies how decisions about the child will be made. A mediator is a neutral party appointed by the court, typically at Mediation Orientation. There is no fee for the first eight hours of the mediator's time.Before you see the mediator, the court will schedule you to attend Mediation Orientation. This is a time for you to learn more about the process and a mediator will be formally appointed to your case. When you come to court, you will hear a judge speak and you will view an orientation video. If you have a No Contact or Protective Order in place with the other party, please let the Mediation Orientation Coordinator know ASAP so she can ensure you are scheduled for separate sessions. Please call 503.584.7767.
Current List of Court Approved Mediators (Please note that the court only approves mediators based on successful completion of minimum qualifications.)
Mano a Mano 2921 Saddle Club St SE #1009 Salem, OR 97317 503.315.2290 Marion Polk Legal Aid 105 High St SE Salem, OR 97301 503.581.5265Oregon State Bar Association 16037 SW Upper Boones Ferry Road Tigard, OR 97224 503.620.0222
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