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Family Court Self Help Center

Who Can use the Self Help Center?
Any unrepresented person who is a Dakota County resident or has a Dakota County family court case. There are no restrictions on income to use this free service.

Services at the Self Help Center
You can receive a free 30 minute consultation from a volunteer attorney, who can offer advice and legal assistance regarding Family law matters such as:

  • marriage dissolution
  • child custody
  • child support
  • visitation
  • paternity issues
  • spousal maintenance
  • domestic abuse

These volunteer attorneys can provide answers to legal questions, offer procedural advice and help fill out court provided forms.

You are required to bring any current court orders and forms pertaining to the consultation.

Center Locations and Hours:

Daytime appointments start at 1:00
Evening appointments start at 4:00

First Tuesday of the month (day)
Third Tuesday of the month (evening)
Dakota County Wentworth Library
199 East Wentworth Avenue
West St. Paul, MN 55118


Second Thursday of the month (day)
Dakota County Judicial Center
Dakota County Law Library
1560 Highway 55
Hastings, MN 55033


Second Wednesday of the month (evening)
Third Monday of the month (day)
Last Thursday of the month (day)
Dakota County Western Service Center
Galaxie Library
14955 Galaxie Ave
Apple Valley, MN 55124

Appointment Scheduling

Clients can schedule an appointment by calling the location where they want an appointment.
Scheduling for appointments will start 7 days prior to the session.  Phone calls will be accepted starting at 8:00 am.

Apple Valley location 952-891-7135
West St. Paul location 651-438-8102
Hastings location 651-438-8080

Please note:  This telephone number is to schedule appointments only and no legal advice can be given.