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Domestic Relations Branch
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Online Court Resources
Resources for the Domestic Relations Branch as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in District of Columbia County, District of Columbia, and resources applicable to all courts in District of Columbia.
Search court case records
Superior Court Case Records
Search Superior Court civil, criminal, domestic violence, tax, and probate case records online. A User Guide, video tutorial, and answers to frequently asked questions are provided.
Dockets, calendars, and other information about court cases
Daily Court Calendar
Search today's Superior Court cases by party, case number, judge, and location; or view cases in alphabetical order.
Published opinions and orders
Search Superior Court administrative orders by keyword, or browse by year, number, title, and date.
Forms and related information
Family Law Forms
View and download D.C. Bar online Family Law forms and information for people who do not have lawyers. Available forms include annulment, divorce, separation, child custody, paternity, child support, fee waiver, guardianship, as well as general court forms that may apply to a variety of cases.
Court Forms and Documents
Search District of Columbia court forms and documents by title, keyword, and category; or browse the list of forms in alphabetical order. All forms may be downloaded in English; many forms may be downloaded in other languages.
Self help, legal research, general information
Family Court Information
View information about Family Court matters including abuse and neglect, adoption, paternity and child support, and mediation. Instructions for filing a case; a link to the Family Court Self-Help Center; answers to frequently asked questions; a Domestic Relations Handbook for parties representing themselves in divorce, custody, and support cases; a video in English and Spanish; a parents' calendar tool in English and Spanish; and links to forms, electronic filing, and case record searching are also provided.
D.C. Child and Family Services
The D.C. Child and Family Services Agency is responsible for the protection of children at risk of abuse and neglect, and provides intervention, foster care, and placement services. The agency also assists at-risk families, partners, and caretakers.
Dispute Resolution Information
View information about the Multi-Door Dispute Resolution Division of Superior Court, which can help parties resolve disputes without going to trial. Programs include mediation, arbitration, case evaluation, and conciliation in civil, small claims, landlord-tenant, medical malpractice, family, probate, and tax disputes.
Free Legal Information
Legal information is organized by topic including Consumer, Employment, Family Law, Housing, Public Benefits, Immigration, Estate Planning, Guardianship, Small Business Law, and Taxation.
View information about representing yourself in Superior Court, including types of cases, where to file, and which forms to file. Links to information about case types, Crime Victims Compensation, tax matters, mediation, how to locate an attorney, forms, a Small Claims Handbook in English and Spanish, the Consumer Law Resource Center, a handbook for self-represented parties in civil cases, a glossary of terms, and answers to frequently asked questions are also provided.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
D.C. Public Defender Services Information
The D.C. Public Defender Service offers primarily criminal law assistance for adults and juveniles, but also mental health law, immigration, and disability advocacy. Links to additional Defender Services and other low-cost or no-cost resources are also provided.
Attorney Discipline Records
The D.C. Bar offers an online database of attorney discipline case summaries from 1979 through the present.
Find a Lawyer
The D.C. Bar offers a search service by attorney name, company name or office location.
Finding and Working With Lawyers
The D.C. Bar offers information about how to find and work with a lawyer, including a glossary of terms, identifying when you need a lawyer, free legal services available, selecting a lawyer, lawyers' fees, and more.
Free Services from the D.C. Bar
The D.C. Bar offers an Advice and Referral Clinic, Free Child Custody Clinic, Free Divorce Clinic, Landlord Tenant Resource Center, Legal Information Help Line, and fee dispute arbitration.
Lawyer Referral Service
The Bar Association of the District of Columbia offers a fee-based lawyer referral service.