Family Court

Please note,

  • The Temporary Program for Trial Readiness Conferences and Attorney-Assisted Mediation has concluded. Chief Family Court Judge Maureen McKnight thanks our 32 attorney volunteers and the staff of Family Court Services and Lewis & Clark Legal Clinic for their considerable assistance to the Court during the eCourt transition.

 Multnomah County Circuit Court Family Court

 Cases Handled in the Family Court

    • Domestic Relations Matters
      Marital dissolution (divorce),
      child custody and parenting time,
      child support,
      restraining orders, and more.
    • Juvenile Court Cases
      Abused or neglected children and minors accused of law violations
    • Domestic Violence Court Cases
      Criminal misdemeanor domestic violence cases and restraining order violations
    • Probate Matters
      Estates, trusts, conservatorships, and guardianships
  • Civil Commitment Cases
    Proceedings about whether a person alleged to be mentally ill should be hospitalized or otherwise required to obtain treatment

Court Locations and Phone Numbers
Multnomah County Courthouse
1021 SW 4th Avenue in Portland (between Salmon and Main Streets)
Family Law Court Staff – 503/988-3022 (option 2)
Probate Court Staff – 503/988-3022 (option 4)

East County Courthouse (Some family law matters are heard there on Mondays and Wednesdays)
18480 SE Stark Street
Portland, OR 97233
General Information Phone: 503.988.3199

Judges of the Family Court
Maureen McKnight – Chief Family Court Judge
Katherine Tennyson – Chief Probate Judge
Beth A. Allen
Amy Holmes Hehn
Paula J. Kurshner
Michael Loy
Diana I. Stuart
Susan M. Svetkey
Kathryn Villa-Smith
Merri Souther Wyatt

Referees Handling Juvenile Court Cases
Lisa Fithian-Barrett
Carol Herzog
Linda Hughes
David Knofler

Referees Handling Civil Commitment Cases
Connie Isgro

The staff of the Family Court can provide procedural help but not legal advice. Resources for persons who do not have attorneys can be found in Q/A no.3 on the FAQs page, on the Finding Legal Help page, and on the Oregon Judicial Department (OJD) Family Law statewide website. Check the Helpful Links on the left side of this page, too.


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