Family Court Overview
Family Court oversees court cases involving family matters such as dissolutions of marriage, parenting time schedules and disputes, child custody issues, child support establishment and modification, and paternity cases.
Family Court judges, referees, and magistrates hold court hearings on these issues, and the Family Court Clerk’s Office maintains the court files and provides access to records and documents.
Family Court Judicial Contact Information
The Self-Help Service Center provides assistance to individuals representing themselves in Family Court matters. For more information, click on the Self-Help Service Center tab in the upper right corner of this page, or call the Self-Help Service Center at (651) 266-5125.
In July, 2009, the Second Judicial District implemented Early Case Management, specific resources can be found on the ENE/ECM Help Topic
Location of Family Court
Family Court Administration is located in Room 160 of the Ramsey County Courthouse, 15 West Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul, MN 55102. Courtrooms for Family Court hearings before referees and magistrates are located in Room 190 of the Courthouse. Courtrooms for Family Court hearings before judges are located at both the Ramsey County Courthouse and the Juvenile and Family Justice Center, 25 West 7th Street, St. Paul, MN. The Family Court Administration Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Family Court Organization
The Family Court Filing Unit is located in Room 160 of the Ramsey County Courthouse. Responsibilities of this unit include processing Family Court documents for filing. Please see our Frequently Asked Questions or call (651) 266-2842 for more information.
Approximately 100,000 paper files are maintained by District Court Records. Other permanent files are kept in archival form either microfilmed records or imaged records. Dissolution records before 1981 are maintained by the District Court Records Unit. Questions regarding copy requests should be directed to District Court Records at (651) 266-8237.
Child Support Unit
The Family Court Child Support Unit is located in Room 160 of the Ramsey County Courthouse. Responsibilities of this unit include processing IV-D child support matters
, scheduling and holding hearings regarding those cases, and responding to requests for information. Hearings within this unit are heard by child support magistrates. Please see the Self-Help Service Center or call (651) 266-2831 for more information.
The Assignment Unit responsibilities include scheduling and holding hearings regarding Family Court cases other than IV-D child support matters, staffing the Self-Help Service Center, and responding to requests for information. Hearings within this unit are heard by Family Court judges and referees. Please see the Self-Help Service Center tab or call (651) 266-5125 for more information.