Required Education Program    (Español)

You must complete this program if you plan to represent yourself in a family law court case. The program tells you about the Missouri court system and the type of case that interests you. You also will learn about the dangers and duties of representing yourself in court.

Should I go it alone or get a lawyer? You can ask a lawyer to help you with part of your case. This is called "limited scope representation." You and your lawyer decide what each of you will do to handle your case. A lawyer who agrees to help you with part of your case may charge a fixed fee or charge by the hour. Some things a lawyer may do as part of your case include talk with you about your legal rights, review paperwork, draft legal forms or appear in court with you. A free lawyer may be available in some cases. You may want to review the section of this website titled Getting a Lawyer.

The education program is two steps. Step 1 is to watch the video (or read the written materials). Step 2 is to learn about your type of family law matter. When you have finished both steps, you will print a certificate that must be filed with the court. It may be easier for you to understand the forms if you complete the education program first.


Step 1:











Click the video image to the right to begin the online program. You will learn about the Missouri court system and the dangers and duties of representing yourself in court. (Or, read the written program materials here.)
    Time: 27:31 minutes
     
  Step 2:
Learn about your family law matter.
      • Dissolution of Marriage (Divorce)
      • Motion to Modify Child Custody (and Support)
      • Motion to Modify Child Support
      • Motion for Family Access (Visitation)
      • Paternity
      • Petition for Change of Name
      • Petition for Child Custody