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Self-Help Center at Family Court
Family Justice Center
110 South 4th Street, 1st Floor
Minneapolis, MN 55402
Phone:  (612)596-8519
Email: email SHC
Hours: 8:00a - 3:30p
Monday - Friday
closed legal holidays
NOTE: Service counters and phones close to the public at 1:30p on Wednesdays, but hearings and trials continue as scheduled. (more)

 

 

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Family Court Forms at SHC

Court forms that can be used in any Minnesota District Court can be downloaded for free at MN Court Forms. The Hennepin Court Family Court also has select forms on their website at Hennepin Family Court Forms. You may also buy pre-printed Form Packets at the Self-Help Center.

Before filling out your forms, you may want to get an overview of the family court process by watching one of the following videos:

video  "How to Start a Divorce" (video)          video  "How to File a Motion" (video)

Family law cases usually involve a lot of paperwork and many steps. The Self-Help Center has written Instructions and Forms for the most common legal issues. "Facilitators" (people who give one-on-one help) are available to answer questions and review completed forms, but they do not give legal advice. If a motion form does not fit your situation, a generic motion form is available at the Self-Help Center.

Divorce Form Packets ($10.00)

I-CAN! Forms Go to I-CAN! Divorce Forms 

I-CAN! is a free, online tool that asks you questions, saves your answers, and then creates the forms you need to start and finish a divorce.

Divorce (Marriage Dissolution) without Children Packet

  • Dissolution of Marriage without Children (to start a divorce)
  • Joint Petition for Dissolution of Marriage without Children
  • Summary Dissolution of Marriage $5.00 (available in limited cases with no children, no real estate, limited assets and debts, a short-term marriage, and no domestic abuse)
  • Answer and Counter-petition for Dissolution of Marriage without Children (to respond)
  • Request for Temporary Relief without Children  $5.00 (to ask for support or other help pending the final divorce decree)
  • Response to Request for Temporary Relief without Children   $5.00

Divorce (Marriage Dissolution) with Children Packet

  • Dissolution of Marriage with Children (to start a divorce)
  • Answer and Counter-petition for Dissolution of Marriage with Children (to respond)
  • Request for Temporary Relief with Children  $5.00 (to ask for support or other help pending the final divorce decree)
  • Response to Request for Temporary Relief with Children  $5.00

Other Form Packets ($5.00)

  • Request to Establish Custody and Parenting Time (parents never married but they signed a Recognition of Parentage (“ROP”), or a court has adjudicated paternity and one of the parents now wants a court order determining custody or parenting time.)
  • Response to Request to Establish Custody and Parenting Time
  • Request to Change Custody (parent wants to change an existing order for custody)
  • Response to Request for Change of Custody
  • Request Help to Resolve Parenting Time Problems (parent has an order for parenting time/visitation and has a problem with parenting time)
  • Response to Request Help to Resolve Parenting Time Problems
  • Request for Contempt of Court (one party is willfully failing to follow a court order )
  • Response to Request for Contempt of Court
  • Summons and Petition for Third Party Custody
  • Answer to Petition for Third Party Custody
  • Summons and Complaint for Paternity
  • Answer and Counter-petition for Paternity
  • Generic Motion Form (for other issues)
  • Response to Generic Motion
  • Ex Parte Emergency Request  (for use only if the child is in danger) (no charge)
  • Affidavit for In Forma Pauperis (to waive court fee) (no charge)
  • Motion to Modify Child Support or contest COLA [NOTE: These are available from the Family Court Filing Counter, 1st Floor of the Family Justice Center, 110 South Fourth Street, Minneapolis, MN  55401-2279.]
  • Notice of Review of Referee's Recommendations [NOTE: These are available from the Family Court Filing Counter, 1st Floor of the Family Justice Center, 110 South Fourth Street, Minneapolis, MN  55401-2279.]

 

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