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Hamilton County Family Law Clinic and Self-Help Center: About the Clinic

This guide provides resources for the Hamilton County Family Law Clinic and Self-Help Center

About the Clinic

About us

The Family Law Clinic is a group of volunteer lawyers, law students, and court staff that provides free help for low income people representing themselves in Hamilton County Domestic Relations Court. The Clinic offers assistance prior to the filing of an action, during the initial filing process, as the case progresses through the court process, as well as after your divorce or dissolution has been granted. It is a partnership between the Hamilton County Domestic Relations Court, the Legal Aid Society of Greater Cincinnati, the Volunteer Lawyers Project, and the Hamilton County Law Library.

The Self-Help Center is a space at the Hamilton County Domestic Relations Court where anyone who is eligible to file for divorce in Hamilton County can access and fill out the forms. There are no income requirements to use the self-help center. See the "About the Self-Help Center" tab for more information.

**If you do not meet the income requirements to get assistance from the Clinic, you may still be able to get general information about filling out the divorce forms by coming to the self-help center at the Domestic Relations Court, depending on the availability of staff during that time. You can also use the resources on this guide to learn more about filing for divorce.**

Services provided by the Clinic

Services provided

Brief private meetings with a lawyer to get legal advice about your particular case.

Learn about: 

  • The law that applies to your case
  • Which papers to file to ask for what you want
  • Which forms to use and how to fill them out
  • How to file the forms
  • The next steps in your case
  • What happens in the courtroom
  • How to get the information or evidence you need for your court hearings
  • Court programs to settle your case without having to go to trial
  • Putting any agreement on paper and finishing up your case
  • Resources for free or low-cost legal help if you need the full services of a lawyer

What to bring to the Clinic

If you are filing a new divorce or dissolution case, you will need a current ID (such as driver’s li-cense, state ID, or passport).

For all divorces and most other type of cases, it is helpful to have:

  • Pay stubs - most recent for each job you have had this year
  • Last tax return
  • Social security numbers for parents and children of the marriage
  • Health insurance cards for self and children of the marriage
  • List of monthly expenses
  • List of debts

Clinic Location and Hours

Location:

Hamilton County Domestic Relations Court 
800 Broadway, 2nd floor 
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Hours:

Tuesdays 9am-1pm

Thursdays 11am-3pm

For more information:

Hamilton County Domestic Relations Court
800 Broadway, 3rd floor Docket Office
Cincinnati, OH 45202
513-946-9000
Court forms, procedures, rules, and other
helpful information is available online.
 

How do I get help from the Clinic?

How to get help:

You must have a low income that meets Volunteer Lawyers Project requirements.
To see if you qualify, fill out an application at:

Hamilton County
Domestic Relations Court
800 Broadway, 3rd fl. Docket Office
Cincinnati, OH 45202
(8:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday)
OR
Legal Aid Society
215 E. Ninth Street, Suite 200
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Call (513) 241-9400
(8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday)

Please note: The Clinic will try to help as many people as possible, but the Clinic may not be able to help you if the demand is too high on a certain day, or if the volunteer lawyer thinks your case is too complicated for the Clinic or has a conflict of interest. If that happens, we may be able to give you a referral to another place you can get help.

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