Established by statute in 1965, the Family Court’s mission is to provide a fair, speedy, economical, and accessible forum for the resolution of matters involving families and children.
The Family Court hears legal matters involving children. These include:
- Status offenses.
- Abuse and neglect.
- Termination of parental rights.
The Family Court also hears domestic relations cases, including:
- Child support.
- Uniform child custody jurisdiction cases.
- Miscellaneous custody matters.
Domestic violence cases include:
- Requests for civil restraining orders involving family members.
- Persons charged with the offense of abuse of family and household members.
- Felony charges limited to offenses against household members.
The Family Court also hears civil commitment cases, guardianships of adults, and adult abuse cases.
Contact the Family Courts
Find contact information for the court in your circuit:
Family Court Programs
Kids First, an education program for families going through divorce, needs caring and reliable people to facilitate children’s groups.
Download forms for your case.
There may be court fees for filing, documentation and other services.
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Get information about how to proceed with a divorce case.
Learn how to get a Family Court Protective Order.
Find out how to prepare for a Family Court hearing if you are involved in a juvenile case.
Family Court Judges
A listing and short biographies of judges.