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Family Law Guide for Self-Represented Individuals

A guide to help you through your own divorce, custody proceeding or paternity suit.

Representing Yourself in Missouri Courts

The link below entitled Your Missouri Courts Represent Yourself  provides not only forms, but information and resources that will give you a better understanding of the various issues you will face regarding divorce, custody, visitation, child support and paternity.  It is not intended to take the place of legal advice 


Litigant Awareness Program

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You must complete the litigant awareness program when representing yourself in court and using the approved forms from the Missouri Courts Represent Yourself site.  This program will help you make the decision as to whether you should represent yourself and assist you in finding a lawyer if you decide to seek representation..  The litigant awareness program is accessible on the Missouri Courts Reporesent Yourself website.

In Forma Pauperis - What is it?

On many of the forms you will see a link to a form called In Forma Pauperis.  

There is always a filing fee associated with any court proceeding. In certain cases, if you do not have the financial means to pay this fee, the fee is waived. This is the purpose of the In Forma Pauperis form.  If you cannot afford to pay the filing fee, fill out this form and file it with your initial pleadings to see if you qualify for a waiver of filing fees. 

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Below are links to some of the forms on the Missouri Courts Represent Yourself site.


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