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Family Court of St. Louis County

The Family Court has been serving the citizens of St. Louis County since 1993.  The Court exclusively hears cases involving children and families, and operates under the principle of "one family - one Judge".  This means that all matters involving a particular family are assigned to the same Judge or Commissioner whenever possible, bringing increased continuity and consistency to the judicial process.

In addition to hearing cases, the Family Court also provides numerous support services for those coming to the attention of the Court. Individual and group counseling, probationary services, parent education classes and restitution programs are but a few of the many programs offered.



The Family Court of St. Louis County is open subject to the Order of the Missouri Supreme Court dated March 22, 2020. Any Family Court proceedings conducted in-person shall be limited to the attorneys, parties, witnesses, security officers, and other individuals necessary to the proceedings as determined by the judge presiding over the proceedings. All family court proceedings are subject to the provisions set forth below. This COVID-19 protocol shall remain in effect through the start of business on April 17, 2020. For settings after April 3, 2020, check the individual Division web page. This protocol may be amended as necessary.

Juvenile Division:

Protective Custody, Detention, Certifications, and any cases that involve a detained juvenile will continue to be heard as scheduled. If your case is continued, you will be notified of your next court date.

Orders of Protection:

Anyone with a case on the Adult Abuse docket will be notified if your court date has changed. If you were granted an ex parte order of protection, that Order will remain in effect until your next court date.

Settlement Conferences:

All settlement, status, and pre-trial conferences will not be held the weeks of March 23 and March 30, 2020. For settings after April 3, 2020, check the division’s web page.

If any party believes there is an urgent issue that must be heard, contact the division clerk for a setting.


All motions shall be submitted on the pleadings. In cases involving a TRO, a PDL involving custody and motions for contempt contact the division clerk for a setting.

Trials and Non-Custody PDL’s:

There will be no trials or non-custody PDL’s scheduled during the weeks prior to April 3, 2020. These matters will be rescheduled by the individual divisions.

DRS/Exchange Center and Visitation:

For information on the Exchange Center or supervised visitation, please check the court’s website https://wp.stlcountycourts.com/family-court/domestic-relations/

Parent Education:

The requirement that parties complete the parent education program in person is suspended until further order of the court. Completion of the on-line program entitled “Missouri Extension Online, Focus with Kids” will satisfy the parent education requirement on a temporary basis. Proof of completion must be filed with the court.  Here is the link: https://extension2.missouri.edu/programs/focus-on-kids

Resource Center:

The Resource Center is closed until April 17, 2020. You may still complete your packet online at www.selfrepresent.mo.gov. New pleadings may be filed at the Office of the Circuit Clerk with your filing fee.


Family Court of St. Louis County is seeking an attorney to serve as guardian ad litem in the Family Court to handle juvenile matters. A Guardian ad litem who serves the Court must commit to serve on various Family Court cases on an as needed basis for a monthly retainer to be paid by public funds. The current retainer is in the amount of $2,035.00 per month. Payments for time expended in adoption, guardianship of minor, and termination of parental rights matters may be made over and above the retainer fee.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:  Graduation from an accredited law school, possession of a current license to practice law in the State of Missouri, at least three (3) years of trial experience, preferably in juvenile, family, or criminal law (additional years of trial experience and guardian ad litem experience are highly preferred), and completion of necessary guardian ad litem training as required by the Supreme Court of Missouri. Note: This position is subject to continued availability of funding.

To apply, please send a current resume, along with a cover letter, to the following address (application materials must be postmarked by March 30, 2020):

Attn: Human Resources Department,

Family Court of St. Louis County,

105 S. Central Ave., Clayton, MO 63105.

EOE. Please contact the Human Resources Department at 615-4471 (voice) or RelayMo 711 or 800-735-2966 if you need any accommodations in the application process, or if you would like this posting in an alternative form.

Adult Abuse / Order of Protection

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Domestic Relations Department

Services involving:

  • Dissolution of Marriage
  • Paternity
  • Orders of Protection
  • The State's child support (Parenting Court) docket
  • Parenting Plans
  • Supervised Visitation
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Updates on the Agreement with the Department of Justice

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