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Tips for Filling Out & Handling Your Court Forms

Check with the clerk at your local court to find out if you must type your forms.
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  1. Be sure your forms are easy to read. Use blue or black ink or use the “fill-in” function in Adobe Acrobat.
  2. Write your legal name (no nicknames), current mailing address, and daytime phone number in the box at the top of the first page of each form. If you don’t want to write your home address, use another address where you can get mail. The Court will send your court papers to this address.
  3. If you are representing your self and do no have an Attorney, write “in pro per” on the “Attorney for” line on all court forms.
  4. Fill out your forms completely and accurately. If something doesn’t apply to you, write “N/A.” This means “not applicable.”
  5. Sign each form where your signature is requestedUse blue or black ink only.
  6. Fill out your forms one section at a time to make sure you give accurate information.
  7. If you need help filling out your forms, you can ask a lawyer, a legal aid clinic, or a family law facilitator (in child, spousal, and partner support cases). Or go to a law library and ask the librarian for books that can help you.
  8. Make three (3) copies of all your forms for filing – (1 for the Court, 1 for your records, and 1 for serving the other party).  If a form has writing on both sides, use 2 separate pages to copy the 2 sides of the form.
  9. Maintain a copy of all of your filed court papers in a folder in a safe place.  Sometimes the Court does not get the filings in their file on time for your hearing and you will have to provide them one.
  10. Bring your complete court file with you every time you go to the clerk’s office, a court hearing, or the facilitator’s office.


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