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Indiana Supreme Court
Division of State Court Administration
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Indianapolis, IN 46204

Self-Service Legal Center > Court Forms Court Forms

Most of the forms packages on this website are available in a single PDF document. Each document begins with a questionnaire, and as you answer the questions, the forms will automatically fill in your name and other needed information for you. You can then print the document and take the completed forms to the clerk's office to be filed.

For protective orders, no contact orders and restraining orders, you can also get assistance from your local domestic violence shelter.

Which forms do I need?

Use the questionnaire below to find information for the specific type of case you wish to file.

I have a...

  1. Civil Case – I want to file a small claim, file for divorce, modify child support, change my name, etc.
  2. Criminal Case – I or someone I know has been charged with a crime.
  3. Appeal – I wish to appeal a decision in a civil case that was previously decided.

More Information: What is the difference between a civil and criminal case?

I want to file:
  1. A small claim (disputes involving less than $6,000)
  2. For divorce
  3. To reduce, modify, or terminate child support
  4. To change my name or the name of my child
  5. To hold another person in contempt of court for not obeying a court order
  6. To postpone a hearing so I can have more time to prepare for court
  7. To ask the court to allow me to file a case without paying fees
  8. My type of case is not listed here
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Is this name change for you or your child?

ME / MY CHILD



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Is consent by the other parent or guardian required?

YES / NO




When is consent required?   Consent (or agreement) to the Name Change of a Minor may or may not be required. Consent is not required when, for example, the other parent has abandoned or deserted the minor, failed to communicate significantly with the minor, or if the parent has committed a crime against the child. See Indiana Code 31-19-9 for more information. If none of the factors in Indiana Code 31-19-9 apply, then consent is required. See Indiana Code 34-28-2-2.

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In Marion County.  If you wish to file a small claim in Marion County, please see the Marion County Courts website. Unless your claim involves a landlord-tenant dispute, you may file in any of the 9 township Small Claims Courts regardless of where you live or work.

Outside Marion County.  For information on filing a small claim in all other counties outside of Marion County, please review our Small Claims Manual. If you have questions about specific procedures or forms, please direct them to the Clerk's Office in the county where you wish to file.

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Do you and your spouse have children?

YES / NO



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Do you and your spouse agree to the terms of the divorce?

YES / NO




What does it mean to have an agreement?  For purposes of this website, having an agreement means that you and your spouse agree on all issues in your case. For example, in a divorce case where there are children and property, having an agreement means you and your spouse agree on who will have custody, when the other parent will have parenting time, who will pay child support and how much he or she will pay, who will keep what property, and who will be responsible for paying which debts.

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Which of the following best applies to you?
  1. Modification – I wish to request a modification of the amount of child support I pay (or that is paid to me) as the result of a change of circumstances (e.g., I lost my job, the other parent is making more money than before, I’ve had another child, etc.)
  2. Reduction – I wish to request a reduction in the child support I pay (or that is paid to me) because one or more of our children has become emancipated.
  3. Termination – I wish to request approval to stop paying child support (or to end what is paid to me) because one or more of our children has become emancipated.

What does "emancipation of minor child(ren)" mean? For child support purposes, Indiana law (IC 31-16-6-6) considers a child emancipated if a court finds that the child has joined the United States armed services, has married, or is not under the care of either parent or an individual or agency approved by the court.



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Do you and your child(ren)’s other parent agree to new terms of the child support arrangement?

YES / NO



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Is this violation in regard to parenting time/visitation?

YES / NO



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What type of case do need the fee waiver for?

DIVORCE / OTHER



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If the type of case you wish to file or legal issue you need help with is not listed here, then this website doesn’t have forms or any self-service guides prepared for your case type. For example, forms and self-help information isn’t available here for cases involving custody, adoption, debt collections, wills and estates, property liens and mortgage foreclosure, and many other types of cases. As a result, you should seek advice from an attorney or a pro bono legal services provider. Find an attorney to help with your case. Or, check the legal information page at the Indiana Justice Center website

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If you have been charged, or if someone you know has been charged, with a criminal offense and you cannot afford an attorney, the court can appoint a public defender to handle your case. This Self Service site is intended to help people with civil cases only.

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Civil or Criminal Appeal.  If you are appealing from the trial court and wish to represent yourself in an appeal to the Indiana Court of Appeals or the Indiana Supreme Court, please review the Pro Se Guide to Appellate Procedure, produced by the appellate clerk’s office. Note that unless your case involves a sentence of death or life without parole, it must be heard by the Court of Appeals before it will be heard by the Indiana Supreme Court.

Tax Appeal.  If you wish to represent yourself in an appeal to the Indiana Tax Court, please review the Pro Se Guide to Tax Court Procedure, produced by the appellate clerk’s office.

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Your Rights and Responsibilities

Forms DO NOT explain the law and may not provide all of the information necessary for a court to reach a decision. Users have permission to use the files, forms and information presented here for any lawful purpose. The files and forms should not be used to engage in the unauthorized practice of law.

The Court assumes no responsibilities and accepts no liability for actions taken by users of these documents, including reliance on their contents. All files are under continual revision. If you are not using these forms right away, or if you plan to use them repeatedly, we strongly recommend that you check in on a regular basis to make sure that the files you are using are the most current.

It is very important for you to know that when you sign a court document, you provide information to the court that may help or hurt your case. Before you sign any court document or get involved with a court case, it is strongly suggested that you talk with a lawyer to make sure you know your rights and all your legal options. If you choose to represent yourself you must be prepared. Although these forms have been prepared to help you represent yourself, you should know that certain courts have their own procedures and may not accept every form. 

For legal advice about your case, you should contact a lawyer. Get help finding a lawyer.


Already know which forms you need?

Select the form package you need from the list below.

If you can't find what you're looking for...

If the type of case you wish to file or legal issue you need help with is not listed here, then this website doesn't have forms or any self-service guides prepared for your case type. For example, forms and self-help information isn't available here for cases involving custody, adoption, debt collections, wills and estates, property liens and mortgage foreclosure, and many other types of cases. As a result, you should seek advice from an attorney or a pro bono legal services provider

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Child Support

Divorce

Fee Waiver

Name Change

Contempt

Criminal History

Small Claims

Appeals

Other