Family Law

Affordable Legal Help For People Who Need To:

➜  File for Divorce

➜  Respond to a Divorce Filing

➜  Seek Settlement or Mediation

➜  Seek or Change Child Custody

➜  Enforce or Change a Parenting Plan

➜  Enforce or Change Child Support

"The Commons Law Center was so helpful and professional!

Going through a legal matter can be very difficult and expensive. They really made the difference! Thank you so much for all your help."  

— Thomas C.

How We Work

Fixed Fee Services

The Commons Law Center is different from most law firms. For most of our legal work we do not charge an hourly rate and we do not require a large, up-front retainer payment. 

Instead, we offer fixed fee legal services. That means you'll know exactly how much you'll pay for the legal help you need. And we always give you options to keep your legal costs affordable.

You may even qualify for free legal help in some situations.*

Sliding Scale Prices

We price our services on a sliding scale, so the fees you pay depend on your income level. We have 6 pricing tiers serving people who make up to 400% of the federal poverty level. Over half of all Oregonians qualify for our affordable legal services.

Pricing for your project will depend on your needs. We work with you to make sure you understand all of your potential fees and costs so you can make an informed decision about the help you can afford.

Teaching & Support

Our goal is to teach you to become a better user of the legal system. We'll help when you need us, but we also want to teach you how to do many things yourself, without needing an expensive full-scope lawyer.

Our team works with our clients to provide the tools, the training, and the templates for you to be able to handle the simple parts of your case yourself. You can always have us review your work so you can be confident that you're doing things right.

If you are uncomfortable doing things yourself, or if you just need the peace of mind that comes from having a professional do the job, you can hire us to do the work for you. We always strive to offer you options that will help you meet your goals and your comfort level at an affordable price.

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Some Oregonians may qualify for free legal help with eviction defense, eviction records expungement, and estate planning. Contact us for details.

Our new clients typically start with a Strategic Legal Assessment. This is where we review your case, clarify your situation and your goals, answer your questions, and recommend next steps for resolving your legal situation. You'll pay just $200 to get:

  • A 40-minute phone call with an attorney to discuss the details of your case
  • A roadmap of the legal process and your recommended next steps
  • Answers to your questions about your legal situation and your options
  • An After Visit Summary for your records

After your initial assessment we can help you take the next steps to meet your goals and resolve your matter. Click here to request your Strategic Legal Assessment, or press the "request family law help" button below.

Step 2. Follow the instructions in your email

We need to ask all of our clients a few important questions so that we can perform a conflict check and connect you with a member of our team who can best help with your specific situation. 

Because we are a nonprofit law firm, we also need to ask you some questions about your income and assets to make sure you qualify for our reduced-fee legal help.

Once you're qualified, we'll send you our engagement agreement to e-sign and help you understand your payment options.

Step 3. Prepare for your Appointment

Once we have all of the information we need, we will help you book your appointment and set you up with access to our secure client portal. Depending on your needs, we may ask you to upload documents or provide other information that will help us understand your case. You can also use the portal to ask questions or give us other information you'd like us to know about your situation. You'll get appointment reminders by email and by text message.

"I felt so much more secure after my initial assessment. The team at The Commons was so comforting, I felt like I could breathe for the first time in a year."  

 The Commons Client

Types of Family Law Cases

We can help with most types of family law cases. Some of our clients engage us to help with multiple parts of their case, others use us for one or two things like filing a motion or preparing for a hearing. 

The decision to start a divorce is rarely easy. We can help you understand the process and get things started in a way that helps to minimize conflict whenever possible and accelerate your path to resolution of your case.

Being served with divorce papers can be difficult and confusing. Once your spouse starts the process, however, there are important deadlines for you to meet in order to preserve your legal rights.  

For many people, an Informal Domestic Relations Trial is a less expensive, lower stress, and faster alternative to a full divorce or custody trial. You and your opponent still get to have your day in court, but without the more combative elements of a full trial.

People who reach a mutual agreement to resolve their family law disputes tend to be happier with their results and spend less money to get there. We can provide you with an established framework for reaching settlement, even if your ex is being difficult.

Establishing legal custody of a child gives you several specific rights, but the process for filing for custody can be confusing. We can help you draft the necessary paperwork and gather the evidence you need to file for legal custody.

Each parent is legally expected to contribute financially to support raising a child. Whether one parent has to pay child support to the other parent depends on their income, their assets, and how much time the child spends with each parent.

Parenting time is usually separate from child custody. Even parents who don't share legal custody generally have a right to parenting time, unless there are specific legal reasons why their child shouldn't spend time with them.

Not sure what kind of help you need, or just want to ask a question?

Click the button below, fill out the form, and we'll get in touch with more information.

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