Self-Help Center

A Note from the Indiana Supreme Court:

The Indiana Supreme Court does not recommend that you choose self-representation over hiring a licensed attorney to handle your court case. The Indiana Supreme Court also recognizes the fact that in some instances people choose not to hire an attorney or cannot afford to hire one. Representing yourself in court should not be taken lightly, and there are many instances in which hiring an attorney is a good idea. In fact, we suggest that even if you use the forms provided on this site that you still talk with an attorney prior to submitting them to a court in order to achieve the best result possible.

Before deciding whether or not to represent yourself, you should know what will be expected of you. The Court has created a video that can be accessed on the website listed below, to provide information about the court process and what your responsibilities will be if you represent yourself. Remember that this video and the assistance offered by this website apply to civil cases. If you are charged with a criminal offense, the court can appoint an attorney for you if you cannot afford to hire one.




Self Help Center Information

This website was created to provide valuable information, court forms, and various resources for people who represent themselves in court. It should be noted, however, that self-representation should not be taken lightly, and that there are many instances in which hiring an attorney is a good idea. In fact, we suggest that even if you use the forms provided on this site, you still talk with an attorney prior to submitting them to a court.The Self-Help Center contains information to help you help yourself. You will find various court forms required by the courts and instructions on completing them. You will also find several court forms and other useful documents that have been translated into Spanish with the help of the Indiana Hispanic Law Project.

The Self-Help Center can help with the following:

Dissolution of Marriage

o   Modification of Child Support

o   Motion for Contempt

o   Motion for Contempt on Parenting Time

o   Emancipation

Pauper Petitions (Fee Waivers)

Petitions for Name Changes


Self Help Center Hours and Locations

LaPorte County Courthouse 3rd Floor

Monday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Thursday 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Friday 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.



Michigan City Courthouse 2nd Floor

By appointment only. To schedule an appointment please call 326-6808 or 874-5611 Ext. 2651 or email rspevak@laportecounty.org




Helpful Links:

Family Court Forms: http://www.in.gov/judiciary/selfservice/2333.htm
“Ask a Lawyer” program: http://www.inbar.org/
Indiana Pro Bono Commission: http://www.in.gov/judiciary/probono/2332.htm
Legal Services to Low Income & Elderly: http://www.indianalegalservices.org/
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