May 10, 2008

Family Courts State Profiles

Alabama Administrative Office of the Courts Family Court Division: Features history and mission of Court Improvement Program, Juvenile Services, volunteers, visitation, court referees, training, program information, and an organizational chart. Also includes links to state and federal resources and organizations for family court-related issues.

Jefferson County Family Court: Jurisdiction, maps, contact information, programs, drug court, teen court, mental health services, training and volunteers, and child support.

Judicial Council of California, Center for Families, Children, and the Courts: case summaries, reports, program information, and resources.

Placer County Family Court Clinic.

San Francisco Superior Court, Unified Family Court: contact information, FAQs about various processes, local rules, delinquency, child support, dependency, mediation, family law facilitator, juvenile traffic, forms, maps.

Santa Clara County Family Court

Superior Court of California, County of Orange Family Law Court.

Family Court of Delaware: History, court rules and fees, structure, and other information is available on the site. See especially the Family Court Performance Standards and Measures, an application of the Trial Court Performance Standards to the Delaware Family Court (December 1999). See also Delaware State Personnel Office, Quality Counts: A Manual of Family Court Performance Measurement (Wilmington, DE: December 2002).

Family Court Initiative: rules, opinions, standards, pro se information, reports, and other information.

Fourth Judicial Circuit (Clay, Duval and Nassau counties) Family Court Services: forms, Family Nurturing Center, divorce, drug court, foster care review, mediation, guardian ad litem, and other information.

Superior Court of the Atlanta Judicial Circuit, Family Division

Hawaii Family Courts Web site includes rules, forms, records, fees and other relevant information related to Hawaii family courts.

Family Court of East Baton Rouge Parish.

Fourth Judicial District Court Family and Domestic Rules (Ouachita and Morehouse Parish)

Family Division includes contact information, publications, Division goals, FAQ, and more.

Department of Family Administration includes information about and links to the Committees on Family Law; foster care; forms; juvenile delinquency; legal resources; local coordinators and circuit court family divisions; publications; family services; and treatment/evaluative services.

Massachusetts Court System, Probate and Family Court: jurisdiction and contact information. Also includes links to the following probate and family courts, plus contacts, directions, hours, fax and e-filing information, jurisdiction, etc.:

Barnstable Probate and Family Court

Berkshire Probate and Family Court

Bristol Probate and Family Court includes ADA information.

Dukes County Probate and Family Court

Essex Probate and Family Court

Franklin County Probate and Family Court

Hampden Probate and Family Court

Hampshire Probate and Family Court

Middlesex Probate and Family Court includes press release (June 23, 2003) regarding Family Law Information Center.

Nantucket Probate and Family Court

Norfolk Probate and Family Court

Plymouth County Probate and Family Court: directory, court statistics, forms, pamphlets, filing and fees, probate court, information for pro-se litigants, common legal, terms, parent education programs, legal assistance, legal research links, scheduling information, trial lists, motion calendars, probation, domestic relations, paternity, equity, change of name, adoption, abuse prevention, trial. See also general information.

Suffolk Probate and Family Court

Worcester Probate and Family Court

Calhoun County: biographies of family court judges, contact information for court staff, and information about SMILE (Start Making It Livable for Everyone), a program for divorcing families.

St. Clair County Family Division contact information.

Washtenaw County Family Division links to probate, juvenile, mental health services, guardianships, and judge profiles, opinion bank, friend of the court, resources on family violence and other domestic relations issues.

Anoka County District Court, Family Division general information and services.

Dakota County Family Court contact information, forms, and self-help center.

Fourth Judicial District (Hennepin County): overview, records, FAQs, divorce education requirements, guardian ad litem program. Very comprehensive site.

Isanti County Family Services

Second District Special Courts Division (Ramsey County) contacts and forms.

Sherburne County District Court, Family Division mission and phone number.

Fifteenth Chancery District, Copiah and Lincoln Counties. Jurisdiction (equity—includes divorce and custody), history, divorce information, visitation guidelines, contacts, plus log-in for registered users (attorneys and administration

Family Court in Jackson County, Missouri.

Clark County Family Court: Forms, records, codes, divorce information, e-filing information, link to online case inquiry.

Washoe County Family Court (mouse over "family division" for judges and calendar.)

New Hampshire
Family Division history, annual report, mediation, neutral case evaluation, guardians ad litem, and goals.

New Jersey

Family Practice Division comprehensive site with overview, mediator roster, domestic violence information and initiatives, domestic violence procedures manual, parenting time, forms, reports, and information for litigants.

Passaic County Family Division: contact information, general description, intake information, program outlines.

Somerset County Family Division (Somerset/Hunterdon/Warren Vicinage): information about delinquency, non-dissolution, dissolution, domestic violence, family crisis intervention, child abuse and neglect, child placement, and adoption.

Morris/Sussex Vicinage Family Division: contacts, non-dissolution/dissolution team, domestic violence, juvenile, children in court, records, links to programs (ADR, support, intake, CASA, parent education, etc.).

Union Vicinage Family Division: domestic violence, central case reception/intake, matrimonial team, juvenile, administration.

New York

Broome County Family Court: contacts, forms and petitions, child care center, instructions for filing, access, hours, directions.

Chemung County Family Court: legal research, guide to family court, support collection unit, law guardian office, contacts, hours, security statement.

Chenango County Family Court: overview, guide, domestic violence programs, forms, dispute resolution services, attorney list, links to agencies, contacts, hours, map.

Cortland County Family Court: hours, contacts, forms, jurisdiction.

Delaware County Family Court: contacts, hours, forms, mediation and petition intake assistance, links to related agencies, legal aid contacts, terms of court.

Dutchess County Family Court: contacts, directions, public transportation, parking, accessibility, children’s center.

Herkimer County Family Court: contacts for all county courts, including family.

Jefferson County Family Court: contacts for all county courts, including family.

Lewis County Family Court: contacts for all county courts, including family.

Madison County Family Court: contacts, hours, filing instructions, forms and petitions, community resources phone list.

Nassau County Family Court (Long Island): contact information.

New York City Family Court: Contacts, forms,  and the Introductory Guide to the New York City Family Court, which includes detailed information on proceedings, history, authority, child-waiting rooms, and “Who’s Who in the Courtroom.”

Oneida County Family Court (Rome and Utica): contacts for all county courts, including family.

Onondaga Family Court: contacts for all county courts, including family and supreme court, dedicated matrimonial part.

Orange County Family Court: contacts, directions, public transportation, accessibility.

Oswego County Family Court: contacts for all county courts, including family.

Otsego County Family Court: contacts, hours, jurisdiction, instructions for completing petitions, link to FAQ on access to petitions, mediation information, forms, children’s center information.

Putnam County Family Court: contacts, directions, public transportation, accessibility, hours.

Rockland County Family Court: contacts, directions, public transportation, accessibility, hours.

St. Lawrence County Family Court: family court forms, domestic violence forms, contacts.

Schuyler County Family Court: contacts, forms.

Suffolk County Family Court: contacts, judicial terms of office, jurisdiction.

Third Judicial District Family Court (Albany, Columbia, Greene, Rensselaer, Schoharie, Sullivan and Ulster Counties): adoption, child abuse and neglect, support, custody and visitation, guardianship, paternity, PINS, court services, forms, contacts, directions.

Tioga County Family Court: contacts, forms, information about other county courts.

Tompkins County Family Court: contacts, schedule, forms, instructions, agencies, overview, lawyer referral, domestic violence court, family treatment court, Collaborative Family Lawyers of Central New York, dispute resolution, “bill of rights” for children whose parents are separated, jurisdiction, etc.

Westchester County Family Court  (New Rochelle, White Plains, Yonkers): contacts, directions, public transportation, accessibility, hours.

Wyoming County Family Court: contacts and directions for all county courts.

North Carolina
Family Court: overview, locations of existing programs, administration, history, FAQ, need for program, target population, mission. Eight judicial districts in North Carolina have family courts. Some information available in Spanish.

Cumberland County Family Court: custody mediation rules and program, support guidelines, resources, financial mediation, domestic court rules, juvenile court rules, directory, support group for children, guardians ad litem, overview, contacts.

Durham County Family Court: staff, FAQs, domestic court, juvenile court, rules, forms, pro se divorce packet, links to programs.

Greene County Family Court: overview, administration, case managers, services, and programs.

Lenoir County Family Court: overview, administration, case managers, court services and programs.

Mecklenburg County Family Court: overview, mission, judges and staff, services, fatherhood program, volunteer and intern opportunities, FAQs. See also the Mecklenburg County Child Support Court and the Domestic Violence Court.

New Hanover Family Court: overview, plus links to the general information provided by the North Carolina Court System.

Pender County Family Court: overview, plus links to the general information provided by the North Carolina Court System.

Wayne County Family Court: overview, administration, case managers, court services and programs.

Butler County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Division: rules, forms, fees, contacts, mediation, domestic violence, and other related information.

Clermont County Court of Common Pleas, Domestic Division: rules, forms, contacts, programs.

Mahoning County Domestic Relations Court: judge bio, magistrates, staff, services, visitation center, educational program for children, mediation, pro se divorce program, domestic violence information, forms, local rules, FAQ.

Stark County Family Court: judges, mission, local rules and forms, reports, services, news releases, contacts, directions, divorce overview and procedures, domestic relations division, missing children link.

OJD Family Law Website: forms, parenting plan information and enforcement, resources, contacts, family law facilitation programs, parent education programs, child support guidelines and calendars, free legal information for low-income parties, etc. Also in Spanish.

Lane County Circuit Court, Domestic Relations Unit: contacts, divorce, family court assistance office, adoption, custody, emancipation of minors, restraining orders, paternity, mediation, visitation, modifications, local rules, statutes, etc. Also in Spanish.

Multnomah County Family Court Services: conciliation, family counseling, mediation, evaluations, parent education, etc.

Lancaster County Court of Common Pleas, Office of Domestic Relations: FAQ (mainly on support).

Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas, Civil/Motion/Family Court Division: overview, history, custody, procedures, motions, links to rules and forms, etc.

Rhode Island
Rhode Island Family Court: overview, contacts, FAQ, forms, parent education, family drug court, parenting time, truancy court, adoption reunion registry, CASA, case management, juvenile court, filing fees, family services, divorce mediation, domestic violence court.

South Carolina
Uniform Statewide Family Court: exclusive jurisdiction over all matters involving domestic or family relationships; sole forum for cases concerning marriage, divorce, legal separation, custody, visitation, termination of parental rights, adoption, support, alimony, division of marital property, and change of name; exclusive jurisdiction over minors under the age of 17 alleged to have violated a state law or municipal ordinance.

Hamilton County Chancery Court: includes some domestic relations forms, parenting plans, etc.

Dallas County Family Courts: links to each family court (there are 7). Each site contains contact information, biography of court clerk, plus policies and procedures.

Harris County District Courts: The Family Courthouse site contains contact information plus links to Texas Bar Family Section and other state and local family law professionals, codes, Houston Public Library, missing children, and other resources.

Travis County Family Court Services: Q&A on guardians ad litem, plus links to information about child support, forms, children’s bill of rights, information about common-law marriage, guide for divorcing parents, information about probation. Travis County Domestic Relations Office contains information about support, visitation, family court services, parenting class, forms, divorce, community resources, etc.


Vermont Family Courts: links to county contact information and calendars, jurisdiction, divorce information, child support, mediation, domestic abuse, juvenile, etc.

List and links to Juvenile and Domestic Relations courts. (Note: Virginia does not have a family court; Juvenile and Domestic Relations courts have jurisdiction over most family matters. Divorces and other cases in equity are heard in the chancery side of Circuit Court.)

Chesterfield Circuit Court, Civil/Chancery: includes general information, fees, divorce, guardians, adoption, name changes.

Prince William County Circuit Court (Manassas): contacts, fees, forms, procedures, dispute resolution, FAQ, law library, announcements.

Prince William County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court: contact information, forms and relevant statutes, custody and visitation information, procedures, paternity, FAQ, volunteer opportunities, programs, announcements, juvenile information. Taken with the county’s Circuit Court site (above), this is informative, comprehensive, and easy to use.

Virginia Beach Courts includes links to Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court and Circuit Court. Information includes introduction, appeals, community resources for families, court services, pleadings and policies, proceedings, FAQ, dress code, intake, etc.

Superior Courts in Washington State. Superior courts have exclusive jurisdiction over domestic relations.

Clallam County Unified Family Court: overview, mediation, at-risk youth, program for children of divorcing parents.

Clark County Superior Court: includes Family Law Practice, Family Court Services, contacts, etc.

Pierce County Superior Court: Civil/Domestic Trials procedures, misc. links.

Thurston County Unified Family Court: History, mission, judges, and contact information.

West Virginia
West Virginia started a unified family court in January 2002.

In Wisconsin, the Circuit courts have original jurisdiction in all civil and criminal matters within the state.

Green County Family Court, Monroe, Wisconsin.

Milwaukee County Civil and Family Courts Division: contacts, general information about records. The Office of the Family Court Commissioner site includes custody/home study information, mediation services, parent education, procedural information, etc.

Ozaukee County Family Court Commissioner: contacts, overview, forms.

Racine County Family Court Commissioner: contacts, overview, Paternity Resource Handbook, Family Court Resource Handbook.

Waukesha County Family Division: contacts, jurisdiction, fees/costs, FAQ, links to self-help site, counseling resources, records search, local rules, departmental news.


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