Find out about our acceptance guidelines and if you may be eligible for our services.
If you need help with a protection order, divorce, custody matter, or Indian Child Welfare Act case, we may be able to help. Our family law work focuses on preserving stability for children and protecting victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, and stalking.
Cases we normally handle:
For victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, dating violence, or stalking:
- Orders for Protections (OFP's)
- Harassment Restraining Orders (HRO's)
- Paternity (if can't obtain court-appointed counsel)
For primary caretakers:
- Responding to divorce or custody petitions where the other parent is seeking custody
- Custody modifications and restricted parenting time when the child is in danger
We may accept a custody case on behalf of a friend or family member if:
- the child will otherwise be placed in fostercare;
- the child is in danger in the parents' care;
- the friend or relative has been the child’s primary caretaker for at least 6 months (if the child is under 3 years old) or one year (if over 3 years old).
We also handle:
- Indian Child Welfare Act cases (Ramsey County only)
- Cases for victims of abuse where the courts or law enforcement are not following rules or laws
- Cases for victims of abuse or primary caretakers that challenge racial or other illegal discrimination
Self-help forms and processes
- LawHelpMN - Family Law
- Minnesota Judicial Branch Self-Help Center
- Minnesota Child Support Guidelines Calculator
- Lutheran Social Services - Raising Relative's Children
- Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women - Get Help