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Family Court of St. Louis County

A part of the St. Louis County Circuit Court (Missouri 21st Judicial Circuit), the Family Court of St. Louis County has been serving the citizens of St. Louis County for decades.  The Family Court consists of the Juvenile Court and the Domestic Relations Court divisions.  The Family Court also encompasses the celebrated Domestic Violence Court for certain order of protection cases.  Circuit Judge Jason Dodson was appointed the Administrative Judge of the Family Court in January 2022.

The Juvenile Court consists of 4 divisions: 

Judge Jason Dodson - Division 10; Judge Ellen Dunne - Division 39; Commissioner Diane Monahan – Division 61; and Commissioner Catherine Keefe – Division 62

The Domestic Relations Court consists of 10 divisions: 

Judge Heather Cunningham – Division 3; Judge Virginia Lay – Division 16; Judge Margaret Donnelly – Division 20; Judge Julia Lasater – Division 32; Judge Lorne Baker – Division 35; Judge Joseph Greene – Division 36; Judge John Lasater – Division 38; Judge Robert Heggie - Division 42; Commissioner Victoria McKee – Division 64; and Commissioner Mary Greaves – Division 65.

St. Louis County Family Court
E-Mail Database

The court maintains an email database of attorneys, paralegals, and any other staff that does e-filing with the court so that we can send out announcements, policy and procedure changes, etc. This database is very important to the court as it is the only means we can notify attorneys of issues, changes in court policy, and other important matters of administration. The court strongly encourages all attorneys, paralegals, assistants, or other staff with business before the Family Court to register for our email database. If you are interested in being added to our database please complete the information below.

If you have recently changed your email address, please complete this form and check the box for Updated Email Address.


BEGINNING January 31, 2022 - Order of Protection cases in Domestic Relations Court will now be held IN PERSON.  Hearings will no longer be held by Webex.  Parties to the cases must appear in the courtrooms listed on the paperwork in their cases, unless instructed otherwise by the division handling the case. More information about orders of protection can be found here.

Adult Abuse / Order of Protection

The St. Louis County Domestic Violence Court was created to increase safety for victims and their children, increase accountability for offenders and establish a coordinated community response to domestic violence from the justice system and partner agencies.

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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

Read updates on the US Department of Justice.

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Family Court News and Administrative Orders

Family Court Administrative Order No. 194

January 3, 2022

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Administrative Order 21-30 Circuit Assignments for 2022

October 19, 2021

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Administrative Order 21-26 Establishment of Juvenile Justice Preservation Fund

September 23, 2021

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Administrative Order 21-23 Criminal Child Support Enforcement Docket

September 7, 2021

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2019 RED Report – 11/18/2020

February 22, 2021
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Diversion Programs Help Keep More County Youth Out of Justice System

January 11, 2021

St. Louis County Circuit Court 105 South Central Avenue Clayton, Missouri 63105   Diversion Programs Help Keep More County Youth Out of Justice System Racial Disparities Persist in Delinquency Referrals…

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Family Court Personnel