Affordable family law help

Family Law Classes

Learn from experienced family law lawyers how to navigate a family law case on your own. Gain access to insider tips and tricks, legal guides, and more.

Pay-As-You-Go Legal Coaching

Schedule 1-on-1 coaching calls with an experienced family law lawyer for personalized advice on navigating your family law case. 

Targeted Representation

Save money by hiring a lawyer to help you only with the complicated aspects of your case, such as court representation or negotiating a fair settlement.

We can help at any stage of a family law case

Pre-filing Phase

Before starting a family law case, you may need help making plans for physically separating yourself from your partner. You may have questions about whether you should move out of your marital home or whether you can move to a new residence with your children. If your partner has been abusive, your plan may also include getting a restraining order or taking other protective measures. Our experienced lawyers can help you understand this complicated time so you can make the best plan of action for yourself and your family. 

Beginning phase 

In the early phases of a family law case, you may need help finding court forms to start your case or you may want to hire a lawyer to prepare paperwork for you. Or, perhaps you have been served with divorce or custody papers and you aren't sure what to do next. We can help you understand your next steps and give you advice on the best course of action based on your individual circumstances. 

Middle Phase 

During the middle stages of a family law case, you may need to respond to requests for documents from the other party's lawyer, gather evidence for trial, get temporary court orders, or respond to other requests from the other party. Our team is available to help during this phase to make sure you are on track for a successful outcome in your case.

End phase 

In the final stages of a family law case, you may need to finalize a settlement agreement, or, if a settlement agreement could not be reached, prepare for trial. Our family law team can help you reach a fair resolution in your legal matter. Even if you are weeks away from your trial, it's not too late to reach out to us for help!

Post-Judgment Phase

After you finalize your case by getting a "judgment" you may experience new issues including a parent who won't pay child support or follow your parenting plan or a former spouse who refuses to pay spousal support or refuses to sell your home. We can help you understand and navigate the maze of enforcement options. 

Sliding scale rates

Flexible payment options

Serving all of Oregon

On-demand help

Affordable, flexible options

The Commons Law Center offers a variety of cost-effective legal services to support Oregon families in need. We specialize in divorce, child custody, modifications, and domestic violence related legal issues. Our mission is to provide access to high quality, affordable legal help for families, regardless of income.

Family Law Classes

  • Live and on-demand classes coming soon!
  • Learn how to navigate a family law class from experienced family law attorneys in Oregon.
  • Gain access to court forms, legal resource guides, and more! 

Add your name to our class waitlist

If you're interested in signing up for one of new family law classes and would like to be the first to know about upcoming classes, you can add your name to our wait list and we'll contact you as soon as classes become available. 

Pay-As-You-Go Legal Coaching

  • Our most affordable option for personalized legal help. Coaching appointments start at $150.*
  • No sign-up fee, no monthly fee, and no termination fee! Simply pay for coaching help when you need it.
  • The direct scheduling link provided to you will allow you to self-schedule and pay for coaching help when you need it.
  • Our legal coaches can recommend specific legal strategies, help you find court forms, share legal guides, and teach you how to represent yourself.
  • Coaching services available throughout Oregon.

Get started with Pay-As-You-Go Coaching

To get started with our pay-as-you-go coaching services, click the "Get started here" button. After you provide us with basic information about yourself and your legal case, our client relations team will review your information to make sure you're eligible for our services. If you're approved, you'll receive an email link within 1-2 business days of applying that will allow you to self-schedule and pay for your first coaching appointment.

Targeted Legal Representation

  • Control the costs of litigation by choosing the specific tasks you want an attorney to help you with. Our team can recommend targeted representation services based on your legal budget and goals for your case. 
  • Costs range from $1,500 - $20,000, depending on how much help you want and where you fall on our sliding scale. Initial deposit requirements and hourly rates are based on our sliding scale.
  • Targeted legal representation available throughout Oregon.***

Get started with Targeted Legal Representation

To get started with our targeted legal representation services, click the "Get started here" button. After you submit our short form, our client relations team will review your information to determine if your case is a good fit for our targeted representation services. If you're approved, you'll receive a call from one of our family law attorneys who will discuss your case with you, listen to your goals and concerns, and recommend a targeted representation package that will fit within your legal budget. 

*Prices vary based on your sliding scale rates, the level of complexity of your case, and your desired level of help. 

**Our coaching appointments vary in price depending on where you fall on our sliding scale and the length of time involved with each type of appointment. Tier 1 clients can pay as little as $150 for a 40-minute phone or video appointment, which includes 10-minutes of pre-meeting case-review by your legal coach, and 10-minutes of email follow-up by your legal coach.
***We provide court representation by remote appearance in all counties in Oregon. We are only able to provide in-person court representation in Clackamas, Benton, Linn, Polk, Marion, Lane, and Lincoln counties. If your case is in a county where we do not provide in-person representation, then our appearance at your court hearing is  contingent on the court granting us permission to appear remotely at trial. For all other targeted legal services, in-person meetings and appointments are not required. We utilize video appointments and e-signature tools to facilitate the delivery of legal services.