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.
THE FOLLOWING ARE SPECIFIC MESSAGES FROM THE DIVISION JUDGES:
DIVISION B- JUDGE LISA WOODRUFF-WHITE
Please see the following guidance regarding how we are managing cases in Division B.
Rescheduling 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 resetting your case.
Electronic Divorce Hearings - We can handle any 102 divorces and some 103 divorces remotely if both sides agree. We can handle 103 divorces if you can arrange for your witnesses to testify from your office or other remote location. Please contact our staff attorney and let her know that you’d like to proceed and your proposed remote arrangement. If agreeable, we will give you a date and time for the hearing.
Remote Hearings - If you think a case can be handled with one or two witnesses and arranged remotely between attorneys, we are also open to accommodating your case. Please contact us by email with your opponent included on the email to discuss the case and the remote hearing arrangement.
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.
Trials - If your trial was scheduled in March, April or before May 18th, please email out judicial assistant with your opponent copied to select a new date.
Lastly, 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.