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Family Law

COVID-19

Information for parents sharing custody or parenting time of children during the COVID-19 pandemic is available here: PJO#20-07, and PJO#20-16.



Gavel with binder that says Family Court

The circuit court handles requests for divorce, separation, custody, parenting time, child and spousal support, parenting time enforcement, and other matters involving families. We strongly recommend that parties consult a lawyer before filing a court case. Please see our Forms section for statewide forms for filing, as well as fee deferral and waiver applications. Please reference the Fee Schedule to see any applicable filing fees.

​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

  • 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

Facilitators Cannot

  • 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

COVID-19:

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:  MAR.Family.Law@ojd.state.or.us

 

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 to:

Marion County Circuit Court
P.O. Box 12869
Salem, OR 97309

Fees

Most 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?

Other 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.

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​​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
503.581.5265

Oregon State Bar Association
16037 SW Upper Boones Ferry Road
Tigard, OR 97224
503.620.0222

​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.)

 

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