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A divorce legally ends a marriage or a Registered Domestic Partnership. In Oregon divorce is called "dissolution of marriage."
Mediation and Parenting Classes are required for cases involving children.


Information and Forms



Mediation is a process that helps people in a family law case reach an agreement about some or all of their issues. Mediation is required in cases with children.

Parent Education Class (Required)

Parent education classes focus on how to help children adjust to a divorce or separation and/or living apart from a parent. These classes are required for parents with children involved in custody cases.
  • Classes are offered at different courthouse locations
  • The classes are 3.5 Hours
Information on required Parent Education Classes.

Parenting Plans

A parenting plan is required in cases with children.
Information on Parenting Plans

Basic Parenting Guide

Basic information about writing a parenting plan.

Birth Through Three

Child Support

Child support is money one parent pays the other parent to meet the needs of a child.

Information on Child Support

New Ways Family Coaching Program (FCS)

This program is designed to be simple and repetitive, so that almost all parents can learn these skills and apply them in their lives when dealing with each other and with their children and with anyone. This is a method of teaching parents skills to manage conflicts, negotiate decisions, promote respectful communication, encourage themselves in times of stress and co-parent more effectively.

New Ways Family Coaching Program (FCS) site.

Temporary Orders

Temporary Orders – Custody or Support

You can ask the court to make temporary orders after you file a case. If you already have a case you may also ask the court to make temporary orders. If you feel your child is in danger you may also ask for an Immediate Danger order.

Information on Temporary Custody Orders

Additional Resources

Preparing for Court

Information about Custody and Parenting time

Parenting Class Waiver and UCCJEA Forms


Modifying Support, Parenting Time, or Custody

Modifying your current plan

Information on how to modify your child support, parenting time, or custody after your judgment and paperwork are final in your case.

Modification Information

Enforcing Parenting Plans

Enforcing Parenting Plans

If your parenting time or plan is not being followed, you may file for enforcement of your plan.


Legal Separation

The main difference between a legal separation and a divorce is that spouses are still married after a legal separation. Like a divorce, a legal separation judgment can establish custody, parenting time, and child support. The judgment can also divide property and debts and establish spousal or partner support .

Legal Separation Information

Trial Assignment

Trial Assignment

Trial Assignment” is a court proceeding in which a Judge decides which family law cases scheduled for hearing the next court day are ready to proceed, how much time is needed for each hearing, and which Judges have time available to hear those cases. The Trial Assignment Judge then assigns the cases and tells the parties what courtroom the case will be heard the next day.

Fee Deferral/Waiver

Fee Waiver or Deferral