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Ramsey County Family Court FAQ's

Ramsey County Family Courtrooms Entrance, Room 190 Courthouse

How do I get legal advice regarding what I should do in a Ramsey County Family Court matter?

Family Court’s Self-Help Service Center was established to provide limited assistance to parties who wish to proceed in Family Court without an attorney.

The clerks in Family Court are unable to provide legal advice and are unable to tell anyone what he or she should do in a matter or how they should proceed.

However, Ramsey County Family Court does provide a free legal clinic to people proceeding without an attorney. This legal clinic is available Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from noon to 3:00 p.m. To schedule an appointment with a volunteer attorney at this legal clinic, call 651-266-5125 . For more information, please see our brochure.

Also, the Ramsey County Bar Association Attorney Referral program (651) 224-1775 can refer you to an appropriate attorney.

 

Finally, other information and forms may be available at this web site's central Self Help Center.

How do I get a copy of my divorce decree or any other Family Court order?

There are two ways to receive a copy of an order or document from a Family Court file. You may come to the public counter of Family Court, located in Room 160 of the Ramsey County Courthouse, 15 West Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul, MN 55102, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. You will need a picture ID and $10.00 for a plain copy and/or $16.00 for a certified copy.

The second way to receive a copy is to request the copy through the mail. Send your request to Ramsey County Family Court, 15 West Kellogg Boulevard Room 160, St. Paul  MN  55102. Include in your request a check made to "Ramsey District Court" for $10.00 for each plain copy and $16.00 for each certified copy. Tell us which document you would like to receive and the file number. It will take approximately two to four weeks to complete your request.

How do I schedule or continue a hearing in family matters?

If the hearing is before a judge or referee, please contact the clerk for the appropriate judicial officer listed below. If the hearing is before a magistrate, please contact Family Court’s Child Support Unit at 651-266-2831. Generally, if the matter concerns child support and support is taken out or should be taken out of a paycheck, the hearing usually is scheduled before a magistrate. All other Family Court hearings are heard by the assigned judge or referee.

For scheduling or continuing a hearing before an assigned judge or referee:

Judge Robert Awsumb

651-266-5152

Judge Gary W. Bastian

651-266-5152

Judge William H. Leary III

651-266-5152

Referee Earl F. Beddow, Jr.

651-266-2819

Referee Rebecca Rossow

651-266-2822

Referee James J. Street

651-266-2833

Referee Colia Ceisel

651-266-2857

Please note all decisions regarding continuance requests will be made by a judicial officer.

 How do I get divorced?

A marriage dissolution can be a very complicated matter; you may wish to speak with an attorney before proceeding. If you choose to represent yourself, you will have the same responsibilities as an attorney to follow legal procedures and rules, and court staff cannot provide legal advice to you. If you would like to hire an attorney, the Ramsey County Bar Association Attorney Referral program (651-224-1775) may be of assistance to you.

If you choose to proceed without an attorney, Ramsey County Family Court's Self-Help Service Center has worksheets available for you to complete.  The worksheet is needed for you to use I-CAN! computer software to complete your dissolution of marriage documents online. You may access I-CAN! from any computer with internet capabilities, including public terminals in the Ramsey County Law Library or at your local public library. The web address for I-CAN! is www.mncourts.gov/ican. Staff can assist you in determining the correct form to use and will screen the paperwork for thoroughness and consistency. The Self-Help Service Center in Family Court is located on the first floor of the Juvenile and Family Justice Center, 25 West 7th Street, St. Paul, MN. Other information and forms may be available at this web site's central Self Help Center.

What are the current Family Court fees are and how can they be waived?

See Fee Schedule for the current Ramsey County Family Court fees.

You may request a fee waiver by submitting Ramsey County Special Courts' “In Forma Pauperis" (IFP) to Ramsey County Family Court. Family Court’s Self-Help Service Center has the appropriate IFP available for your use or you can obtain the form yourself at www.mncourts.gov/forms. Please be aware that the Special Court bench in Ramsey County requires that income verification be submitted along with an IFP request. Please see the IFP Standing Order for further information.

How do I change my child support obligations?

Child support issues can be complicated; you may wish to speak with an attorney before proceeding. If you choose to represent yourself, you will have the same responsibilities as an attorney to follow legal procedures and rules, and court staff cannot provide legal advice to you. If you would like to hire an attorney, the Ramsey County Bar Association Attorney Referral program (651-224-1775) may be of assistance to you.

If you choose to proceed without an attorney, Ramsey County Family Court’s Self Help Service Center has forms available to modify child support. The Self Help Service Center charges $5 for forms packets or you can obtain the form yourself at www.mncourts.gov/forms. You can come to the center anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday thru Thursday, and staff will assist you in determining the correct form to use. Staff will review the paperwork for thoroughness and consistency prior to scheduling a court hearing.   Your paperwork may be reviewed on a walk-in basis between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Monday through Thursday or by appointment Monday through Thursday. The Self-Help Service Center in Family Court is located on the first floor of the Juvenile and Family Justice Center, 25 West 7th Street, St. Paul, MN.

Other information and forms may be available at this web site's central Self Help Center.

How do I change my parenting time (visitation) schedule?

Parenting time and custody issues can be complicated; you may wish to speak with an attorney before proceeding. If you choose to represent yourself, you will have the same responsibilities as an attorney to follow legal procedures and rules, and court staff cannot provide legal advice to you. If you would like to hire an attorney, the Ramsey County Bar Association Attorney Referral program (651-224-1775) may be of assistance to you.

If you choose to proceed without an attorney, Family Court’s Self Help Service Center has forms available to address parenting time and custody. The Self Help Service Center charges $5 for forms packets or you can obtain the form yourself at www.mncourts.gov/forms. You can come to the center anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday thru Thursday, and staff will assist you in determining the correct form to use. Staff will review the paperwork for thoroughness and consistency prior to scheduling a court hearing. The Self-Help Service Center in Family Court is located on the first floor of the Juvenile and Family Justice Center, 25 West 7th Street, St. Paul, MN. Other information and forms may be available at this web site's central Self Help Center.

How do I look at a Ramsey County Family Court file? Are the files available for anyone to see?

Come to the main Family Court Clerk’s Office in Room 160 of the Ramsey County Courthouse, 15 West Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul MN 55102, and bring a picture ID. If you are a party in the action, you may review the entire file. If you are not a party in the action, you may still be able to review the file (if it is not a confidential paternity file or not a sealed file); however, the clerks may have to redact (protect or remove) confidential information from the file before letting non-parties review the file. If the file is large, the redaction may take too long to be completed while you wait. In that case, you will be asked to return at a later time to view the publicly-accessible file contents.

How do I find out when my Ramsey County Family Court hearing date is?

Contact 651-266-2831 if the court date is about child support; call 651-266-2842 if the court date regards any other issue. The person who answers the call may direct any further questions to the clerk for the assigned judicial officer.

Where is Ramsey County Family Court located?

The main clerk’s office for Family Court is located in Room 160 of the Ramsey County Courthouse, 15 West Kellogg Boulevard, St. Paul, MN 55102. All documents for filing and requests for copies should be directed to this address. Court hearings for referees and magistrates are held in Room 190 of the Ramsey County Courthouse. Directions to the Ramsey County Courthouse

Court hearings for Family Court judges are held at the Juvenile and Family Justice Center, 25 West Seventh Street, St. Paul, Minnesota 55102. Directions to the Juvenile and Family Justice Center

What are the office hours for Ramsey County Family Court?

Family Court is open between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays excluding major holidays.

How do I proceed if the other side is not following the court’s order?

Contempt issues can be very complicated; you may wish to speak with an attorney before proceeding. If you choose to represent yourself, you will have the same responsibilities as an attorney to follow legal procedures and rules, and court staff cannot provide legal advice to you. If you would like to hire an attorney, the Ramsey County Bar Association Attorney Referral program (651-224-1775) may be of assistance to you.

If you choose to proceed without an attorney, Family Court’s Self Help Service Center currently has limited forms available to assist in bringing a contempt motion. The Self Help Service Center charges $5 for forms packets or you can obtain the forms yourself at www.mncourts.gov/forms.

Other information and forms may be available at this web site's central Self Help Center, but you are strongly encouraged to speak with an attorney before proceeding.

How do I get a transcript of the court hearing?

If the hearing was before a child support magistrate, download a Request for Transcript or call 651-266-2831 to request the form. If the hearing was before a judge or referee, contact the judge’s or referee’s court reporter. Call 651-266-2842 to obtain a chamber number for the judicial officer.

Other information and forms may be available at this web site's central Self Help Center.