One-on-One Family Law Assistance now available!
- ARE YOU FILING FOR DIVORCE, OR NEED A JUDGE TO CHANGE A PRIOR ORDER FROM YOUR DIVORCE CASE?
- DO YOU NEED HELP CHOOSING THE RIGHT LEGAL FORMS?
- ARE YOU REFILING YOUR DIVORCE CASE BECAUSE IT WAS DISMISSED?
- ARE YOU DOING THIS WITHOUT AN ATTORNEY BECAUSE YOU CAN'T AFFORD ONE?
What is Family Law Facilitation? Trained Facilitators are available to assist unrepresented litigants with cases filed in the Marion County Superior Courts with issues relating to filing for divorce; establishing, modifying, or terminating child support; and modifying custody and/or parenting time. Facilitation is FREE for eligible individuals.
**It is recommended that you always have an attorney when you go to Court. If you cannot afford an attorney, you may be eligible for free legal assistance through a local legal service provider. If you CAN afford to hire an attorney, but do not know where to find a licensed family law attorney, contact the Indianapolis Bar Association's Lawyer Referral Service online or by calling (317) 269-2222**
What can a Facilitator do for me?
A Facilitator can:
- Provide education and information and outline options without giving legal advice.
- Help you prepare certain forms and documents relating to your family law case, including:
- Paperwork to file for divorce
- Paperwork to establish, modify or terminate child support
- Paperwork to request provisional (temporary) orders relating to support, custody, and/or possession of property
- Proposed dissolution orders and settlement agreements
- Marion County Financial Declaration Form
- Child Support Obligation Worksheet, Parenting Time Credit Worksheet, and/or Post-Secondary Education Worksheet
- Provide a checklist of what a court needs to receive before it can grant your divorce
- Provide information about other resources and non-court services
- Provide contact information for and referrals to low cost attorneys, legal aid, and low cost legal clinics
- No. The Facilitator is not your attorney. There is no attorney-client relationship between you and the Facilitator.
- Conversations with a Facilitator (or any staff member in the court’s office) are not private or confidential.
- The facilitator is neutral and can help you and the other party (for example, your former spouse, the parent of your child, etc.). If you want help with your case strategy, you should consult with a private attorney for legal advice.
- The Facilitator is not responsible for the outcome of your case.
- You must have a divorce case that has been or will be filed in a Marion County Superior Court. Paternity cases filed in the Circuit Court or cases filed in counties other than Marion County are not eligible at this time.
- Your income can not be more than 150% of the federal poverty line, and you cannot have significant liquid assets or own substantial property.
- You must be pre-screened IN-PERSON by Family Resource Center Staff to receive facilitation assistance. To determine if you are eligible for facilitation, come in to the Family Resource Center, 200 E. Washington Street (City-County Building), Room T-621 between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm Monday through Friday. Upon completion of the intake form a staff member will meet with you briefly and determine if you qualify for facilitation.
What should I bring?
If you are filing a new divorce case, or if you are trying to get a final divorce decree:
- Last four (4) paycheck stubs as well as any information regarding any other income earned by either yourself or the other party
- If you are self-employed, please bring a copy of your Schedule C and your Profit and Loss Statement
- Disability or unemployment information
- An estimate of your monthly living expenses including housing, utilities, insurance, food, transportation, education, clothing, daycare expenses, and any extraordinary expenses related to health care and catastrophic losses
- Names, birthdates, and social security numbers of each of your children and an estimate of your custodial/visitation time with each child.
- Health insurance information (monthly premiums, etc.) for each of your children.
- Your Superior Court case number
- A copy of any orders or judgments already entered for your case
- A copy of any petition or motion filed with the court that the court has not yet ruled on
- If want to change child support (either yours or the other party's), bring information about your and your former spouse's current income and expenses.