Resolving family law issues
Welcome to The Family Court of East Baton Rouge Parish, which is located on the fourth floor of the Nineteenth Judicial District Courthouse in downtown Baton Rouge. Four judges preside over The Family Court. The Family Court has jurisdiction over certain matters, including divorces, community property division, spousal support, child visitation, child custody, child support, and domestic violence.
It is always best to have an attorney to represent you in court. However, The Family Court has a Self Help Resource Center, which serves as a starting point for litigants who represent themselves as a result of their inability to retain an attorney or qualify for free legal services.
SPECIFIC MESSAGE FROM DIVISION JUDGE:
DIVISION B- JUDGE LISA WOODRUFF-WHITE
Please see the following guidance regarding how we are managing cases in Division B.
Rules/Motions - Attorneys may use our online scheduling tool to select another date agreeable to both attorneys. In the alternative, you may send an email to our judicial assistant with your opponent copied, selecting a date agreeable to both sides.
If you are self-represented, please contact our office about setting your case for hearing.
Electronic Divorce Hearings - We are handling 102 divorces and 103 divorces by Zoom. Please arrange for your witness to testify from your office or other remote location.
Zoom Hearings - Based on the current COVID-19 crisis, we are handling all cases by Zoom. Please use our on-line calendar to schedule your hearing. Please email any evidence you seek to use at the hearing to our staff attorney and court reporter on the day before your hearing, pre-marked for identification (mom/dad or husband/wife and the exhibit number).
Please contact us by email with your opponent included on the email to discuss any additional remote hearing arrangements. If you have special circumstances that prevent a Zoom hearing, please contact our staff to discuss alternative accomodations.
Status Conferences- Attorney pairs may use our on-line scheduling tool or contact our office to schedule a time and date for a status conference.
If you are ill or may have been exposed to the COVID - 19 virus, please do not come to the courthouse. We are happy to work with you remotely. We can also handle any cases needing a virtual “walk-through” over the phone.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Statement
The Family Court will, upon request and with five (5) business days advance notice, provide reasonable accommodation to any person with a disability wishing to attend court at no cost to the individual. To request an accommodation to participate in or attend court proceedings, submit the ADA Accommodations Request Form. For further information concerning your rights under ADA, please contact the Court Administrator's Office at (225)-389-4680.