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  • Asking a Court to Modify Child Support: Basic Information and Online Form

    Here is an information guide, which includes a link to a computer program you can use to create a court form for modification of child support. The guide is called a "LibGuide" (short for Library Guide or Librarian Guide) because it can also help librarians help other people. The LibGuide has general information plus a link to a computer program a person can use to create a court form to ask for modification of child support. Content Detail

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    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services
  • Audio Presentation: Your Guide to Court

    If you are going to court on your own watch this presentation to learn the basics of how to conduct yourself correctly. Created by Southeast Louisiana Legal Services in collaboration with the Self-Represented Litigant Committee of the Louisiana District Judges Association and the Access to Justice Program of the Louisiana State Bar Association. Read More

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    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services: Collaboration with Court & Bar Partners.
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    Spanish / Español
  • Court Based Online Self-Help Centers

    Court based online self help centers. Representing yourself? A number of courts have websites with information to help you. Read More

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    From the site of the Louisiana Supreme Court
  • Courtroom Tips

    Common sense tips for how to behave in court. Content Detail

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    Children's Rights Council
  • Custody and Visitation Rights for Grandparents in Louisiana -- Video and Text

    Want custody or visitation with grandchildren? Find out your rights. Click below to hear and see the presentation, or you can read the text by clicking on the title above. Read More

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    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (Hammond Office)
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    Spanish / Español
  • Divorce: Who Gets Custody? Who Pays Support?

    Kinds of divorce in Louisiana, custody, child support, and visitation. Brochure created by the Louisiana State Bar Association. Content Detail

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    Louisiana State Bar Association
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    Spanish / Español
  • East Baton Rouge Courthouse Self-Help Resource Center (19th JDC)

    Who We Are: The Self-Help Resource Center offers live (in-person) help to people who go to court on their own, without a lawyer. The Self-Help Resource Center offers forms, other information, and referrals to appropriate local agencies. Where to go: East Baton Rouge Courthouse 300 North Boulevard Baton Rouge, LA 70801 When to go: Tuesday/Thursday 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Website: http://www.familycourt.org/ Website for Self-Help Center Resources: http://www.familycourt.org/main/inside.php?page=self-help_resources Read More

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    The Family Court in and for the Parish of East Baton Rouge
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    Spanish / Español
  • Getting a Divorce in Louisiana -- Video and text.

    Information you need to know about getting a divorce in Louisiana. Click below to see and to hear the presentation. Read More

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    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (New Orleans office)
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    Spanish / Español
  • Going to court on your own? Video and Text

    No lawyer? Try to find one if you can. This item talks about some ways to find a lawyer. If that does not work, click on the picture above to hear and see a presentation that talks about some things you should do if you have to handle your case on your own. You can also read the text. Read More

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    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (Hammond Office)
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    Spanish / Español
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    Please take our quick survey to let us know what you think of our new multimedia resources. You can also use the survey to let us know about other items you would like to see on the site. Click here to take survey Content Detail

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    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (Hammond Office)
  • How to Get Legal Help/Como Obtener Ayuda Legal

    Information in English and Spanish about how to get help from programs that offer free help to qualified people. Lea aquí para aprender cómo obtener ayuda gratis con problemas legales, ayuda de los programas para las personas de ingresos bajos. Content Detail

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    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (Hammond Office)
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    Spanish / Español
  • In Forma Pauperis--When You Can't Afford Court Costs

    Questions and answers about how to ask the court to waive court filing fees, and a link to the In Forma Pauperis form on the Louisiana Supreme Court's website. You can also click below to watch and see the presentation. The text of questions and answers has more details. Read More

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    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (Hammond Office)
  • 22nd Judicial District Court for the Parishes of St. Tammany and Washington: Automated Uncontested Divorce Forms

    These uncontested divorce forms and instructions are only for use in the 22nd Judicial District Court for the Parishes of St. Tammany and Washington. These forms are only for very low-income people with very simple cases with no issues regarding children or money and who satisfy other requirements. There are separate computer programs for men and for women filing for divorce. Read More

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    Southeast Louisiana Legal Services (Hammond Office)
  • Orleans Parish Civil District Court: Uncontested Divorce Forms and Instructions.

    These uncontested divorce forms are only for use in Civil District Court for the Parish of Orleans. These forms are only for very low-income people with very simple cases with no issues regarding children or money and who satisfy other requirements. There are separate computer programs for men and for women filing for divorce. Read More

  • Paternity -- Acknowledgement of Paternity Forms

    See these online forms from the Louisiana Department of Health. See also Frequently Asked Questions about Paternity, in the Family & Children section of www.lawhelp.org/la, under the area marked "Paternity." Content Detail

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    Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals
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