If you need to obtain blank forms, you can do so at Juvenile and Family Justice Center, 25 W. 7th Street, St. Paul, MN 55102. You can also find forms on the Get Forms tab.
Once your forms are complete and you have gathered any documents you want to file with your forms, you can email, mail, or bring in your paperwork to the Self-Help Service Center. You may choose to have your paperwork reviewed by Self-Help staff by phone, zoom, or in person. Please call (651) 266-5125 for more information.
The Ramsey County Family Court Self-Help Service Center is located at the Juvenile and Family Justice Center and at the Maplewood Courthouse. See below for specific hours of service at each location.
Juvenile and Family Justice Center
25 West 7th Street
St Paul, MN 55102
Front Desk Hours
Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
In-Person Review Appointments
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
The Self-Help Service Center currently is not providing services at the Maplewood Courthouse
2050 White Bear Avenue
Maplewood, MN 55109
8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Walk-in Review Hours
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Customers wishing to have forms reviewed should know:
- All forms must be filled out and complete
- All forms must be dated and signed
- Forms must be typed or written in blue or black ink
- Forms must be single-sided
The Family Court Self-Help Service Center (SHSC) provides self- represented litigants with access to forms available from the Minnesota Judicial Branch, explains processes and procedures to self- represented litigants, provides information about other resources to assist self- represented litigants, and reviews self- represented litigants documents for completeness and adequacy. These services are limited to dissolution of marriage, child support, paternity, custody and parenting time matters in Ramsey County.
The scope of services for the SHSC does not
include assistance for Court of Appeals, annulment of marriage, legal separation, or grandparent visitation matters. Additionally, the scope of services for the SHSC does not include assistance with matters outside the scope of Ramsey County Family Court, including adoptions, termination of parental rights, or domestic abuse cases, civil, criminal, juvenile, or probate matters.
Court staff cannot provide legal assistance and cannot act as an attorney for self- represented litigants. If an individual chooses to be self-represented, that individual will have the same responsibility as an attorney to follow court rules and procedures to move the case forward.
Please remember that Self-Help personnel are not responsible for the outcome of your case.
What to Expect
When you file a motion regarding modifying child support in an existing case or if you want to start a dissolution/divorce action, custody action, or similar family court action or motion:
- The Self-Help Service Center can provide you with forms and instructions appropriate to your situation; however, the Center does not have forms for every situation. A fee is charged for form packets. You may pay by cash, personal check, or card.
- These forms are also available, at no cost, at Get Forms.
You may take the forms home to complete or complete them at the Center. However, all appropriate supporting documentation (pay stubs, proof of public assistance, most recent tax returns, child support calculator worksheets, etc.) must be included.
When you have completed the forms and have attached all appropriate documentation, return the documents to the Self-Help Service Center. You may choose a remote review by phone or ziim or you can schedule an in-person appointment.
Once your forms have been reviewed and are ready to be submitted for filing with the Court, you will be required to pay a filing fee. Filing fees may be waived by court order if you meet certain financial requirements. Fee waiver forms are available at the Self-Help Service Center. Fee waivers are valid for one year and must be renewed when expired.
Your forms must be complete in order to be assisted at the Self-Help Service Center. Court staff cannot help you complete your forms.
Because we give you and others individual attention, you may need to wait for assistance.
Please plan to spend 1-2 hours at the Self-Help Service Center and do not expect to take care of your business in one visit. Also, please remember that Self-Help personnel are not responsible for the outcome of your case nor can they provide legal advice or strategy.
Certificate of Settlement Efforts Now Required
On February 15th
, 2012, the Second Judicial Family Court announced that it will now require a Certificate of Settlement be filed prior to any motion scheduled to be heard by the court.
Pursuant to Rule 303.03(c) of the MN Family Court Rules, Settlement Efforts.
Except in parentage cases when there has been no court determination of the existence of the parent and child relationship, and except in situations where a court has ordered that no contact occur between the parties, the moving party shall, within 7 days of filing a motion, initiate a settlement conference either in person, or by telephone, or in writing in an attempt to resolve the issues raised. Unless Alternate Dispute Resolution (ADR) is not required under Rule 310, this conference shall include consideration of an appropriate ADR process under Rule 114. The moving party shall certify to the court compliance with this rule or any reasons for not complying. The moving party shall file a Certificate of Settlement Efforts in the form developed by the state court administrator not later than 24 hours before the hearing. Unless excused by the Court for good cause, no motion shall be heard unless the parties have complied with this rule. Whenever any pending motion is settled, the moving party shall promptly advise the court.
Failure to file the Certificate of Settlement may result in a motion to be stricken from the court’s calendar.
The Certificate of Settlement is available on the Second Judicial website Certificate of Settlement Efforts
, or at the Family Self-Help Service Center.
A legal clinic is available most Mondays and Wednesdays from noon to 2:00 p.m. To qualify for this service, customers must have an existing Ramsey Family Court case or must be a Ramsey County resident looking to start a Family Court case. Volunteer attorneys offer a short consultation to provide brief legal advice and answers to legal questions pertaining to your family case. Volunteer attorneys will not represent you in court or fill out forms for you. Please call (651) 266-5125 to schedule an appointment.
Child Support Motion Clinic
If you need assistance completing your child support motion forms, the Self-Help Service Center holds a child support motion clinic on the first and third Fridays of the month at 9:00 a.m. Please see the flier for more information.