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The Orleans Parish Civil District Court Self-Help Resource Center is an operation of The Pro Bono Project, in partnership with the court and the clerk's office, and with funding from the Louisiana Bar Foundation.

The Self-Help Resource Center is a volunteer-driven service, offering court-approved forms and legal information to self-represented litigants in domestic (family law) matters. The center is open on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 AM until noon, excepting court holidays. Visitors must be signed in by 11:30 AM in order to receive service the same day. The Self-Help Resource Center is not a notary service, and volunteers will notarize only the court-approved forms available at the center.

The Self-Help Resource Center is not able to provide legal advice or representation, but can provide referral resources for those seeking legal advice or representation.

The forms below are those that are available at the center. If you need assistance in completing these forms, or would like a volunteer to review your completed forms before filing, you may visit the center during our hours of operation. You may find further legal resources at Louisiana Law or at Free Legal Answers.

Orleans Parish Civil District Court
421 Loyola Ave
Room 101 (1st floor)

Directions: Map and directions

Monday thru Friday
8:00am - 4:00pm

Domestic Abuse Coordinator
Jacquelyn Howard

The Domestic Self-Help Office is staffed by volunteers and DOES NOT provide legal advice.

Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
9:00 am - 12 noon

The following forms can be printed and brought to the Court for quicker assistance

Temporary Restraining Order
Temporary Restraining Order In-Reconvention
Petition for Divorce Article 103(1) (With Minor Children)
Petition for Divorce Article 103(1) (Without Minor Children)
Affidavit of Service by Certified Mail (CDC)
Answer CDC
Certification by SRL CDC
Joint Stipulation and Consent Judgment (CDC)
Motion and Order for Continuance (CDC)
Motion to Reissue Service (CDC)
Motion to Reset Hearing (CDC)
Name Change Petition_Minor
Non-Parent Petition to Establish Custody
One Page Jment Doc NO KIDS (Divorce)
Order to Appoint of Curator Ad Hoc CDC
Petition for Name Change Orleans
Petition to Establish Custody (CDC)
Petition to Establish Paternity and Custody
Private Process Motion
Provisional Custody by Mandate
reissue service - prison compliance
Rule for Contempt (CDC)
Rule to Modify Child Support cdc
Rule to Modify Custody (CDC)
Rule to Show Cause

Other Forms

Filing for Divorce Guide (1)
Legal Referral Handout (H19)
Long Arm Process Chart