Family Court Information by State

Family court deals with issues like divorce, child custody, child support, adoption, and domestic violence. If you need to file a claim or have been served with custody or support papers, it’s important to know the rules and procedures involved. Your family law case could involve many different issues, such as establishing paternity, handling spousal and children financial support, or establishing and enforcing your parental rights.

Each state has its own laws and procedures for obtaining a court order and actions you are seeking. You can find state-specific family court resources, including forms and guides, by visiting the websites listed. On these pages, you can find contact information for your state’s court system, information about court records, as well as e-filing tools and local rules that apply to your state.


Circuit courts have jurisdiction over domestic relations cases. There are 41 courts with 146 judges in the state.

The superior court is the trial court of general jurisdiction which handles domestic relations matters. There are 45 superior court judgeships located in one of the four judicial districts.

The family division of Missouri Circuit Courts handles family matters. There are 46 judicial circuits, with a court in every county.

Montana District Court has exclusive jurisdiction over domestic relations matters. It has 46 judges in 56 district courts.