Answered By: Lewis Zimmerman
Last Updated: Apr 15, 2016     Views: 141

If you are interested in learning more about child custody laws and procedure in Oregon, you may find the following resources helpful:

1. The Oregon Judicial Department Family Law Website

This Website provides information about family law services and resources in Oregon, and offers statewide forms for use in family law proceedings. Use the content links along the left side of the screen to locate information and forms helpful for research and self-represented assistance.

2. The Oregon Revised Statutes (ORS)

The ORS are Oregon's enacted body of laws. In general, dissolution of marriage statutes are located in ORS Chapters 106 through 110. To search for applicable statutes, please select “OR Revised Statutes” from the drop-down box on the right side of your browser window. Then enter your search terms in the Keyword(s) box. You may also wish to browse the ORS General Index for domestic realtions topics. The ORS General Index link is located in the center of the screen, below the list of numbered ORS volumes As a note, each ORS Chapter begins with an table of contents. Browsing the table of contents will help you locate specific statutes helpful for your issue. Be sure to scroll down completely through this contents list in order to view the statutory language in full.

3. The Oregon State Bar's Family Law Resource Page

This Website provides information "designed to help answer some of your questions about, marriage, adoption, divorce, child custody, and other family law topics" (OSB Family Law Resource Page). The Website organizes topical essays, videos, and links to Websites of other agencies that may be helpful.

4. The State of Oregon Law Library or your local county law library

Law libraries have specialized texts and electronic resources available to help with your research. A law librarian at your nearest law library location can help you find and use materials best suited to your particular research topics. Links to the State of Oregon Law Library Webpage and a directory of Oregon County law libraries are below:

• State of Oregon Law Library

• Oregon Council of County Law Libraries Directory 

5. Family Law Facilitators

Many county courts in Oregon have personnel who can help verify that you have filled out your family law forms correctly. You may want to contact one of these facilitators and make an appointment once you have completed your forms.

NOTE: Family law faciltators are unable to provide you with legal advice or fill out your forms for you.

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