Welcome to The Family Court of East Baton Rouge Parish, which is located on the fourth floor of the Nineteenth Judicial District Courthouse in downtown Baton Rouge. Four judges preside over The Family Court. The Family Court has jurisdiction over certain matters, including divorces, community property division, spousal support, child visitation, child custody, child support, and domestic violence.
It is always best to have an attorney to represent you in court. However, The Family Court has a Self Help Resource Center, which serves as a starting point for litigants who represent themselves as a result of their inability to retain an attorney or qualify for free legal services.
THE FOLLOWING ARE SPECIFIC MESSAGES FROM THE DIVISION JUDGES:
DIVISION B- JUDGE LISA WOODRUFF-WHITE
Please see the following guidance regarding how we are managing cases in Division B.
Rules/Motions - Attorneys may use our online scheduling tool to select another date agreeable to both attorneys. In the alternative, you may send an email to our judicial assistant with your opponent copied, selecting a date agreeable to both sides.
If you are self-represented, please contact our office about setting your case for hearing.
Electronic Divorce Hearings - We are handling 102 divorces and 103 divorces by Zoom. Please arrange for your witness to testify from your office or other remote location.
Zoom Hearings - Based on the current COVID-19 crisis, we are handling all cases by Zoom. Please use our on-line calendar to schedule your hearing. Please email any evidence you seek to use at the hearing to our staff attorney and court reporter on the day before your hearing, pre-marked for identification (mom/dad or husband/wife and the exhibit number).
Please contact us by email with your opponent included on the email to discuss any additional remote hearing arrangements. If you have special circumstances that prevent a Zoom hearing, please contact our staff to discuss alternative accomodations.
Status Conferences- Attorney pairs may use our on-line scheduling tool or contact our office to schedule a time and date for a status conference.
If you are ill or may have been exposed to the COVID - 19 virus, please do not come to the courthouse. We are happy to work with you remotely. We can also handle any cases needing a virtual “walk-through” over the phone.
DIVISION C: JUDGE CHARLENE DAY
OUR OFFICE IS COMMITTED TO KEEPING OUR ATTORNEYS AND LITIGANTS AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE WHEN THEY APPEAR IN COURT. IF YOU HAVE RECENTLY RECEIVED A TEST FOR COVID-19 AND ARE AWAITING RESULTS, PLEASE CALL OUR OFFICE BEFORE YOU COME TO COURT AT 225-389-4673 TO RECEIVE INFORMATION ON HOW TO PROCEED. IF YOU HAVE TESTED POSITIVE FOR THE VIRUS WITHIN THE LAST 14 DAYS, DO NOT COME TO THE COURTHOUSE. CALL OUR OFFICE FOR INFORMATION ON HOW TO PROCEED WITH RE-SETTING YOUR MATTER. PLEASE BE ADVISED THAT YOU MAY BE ASKED FOR A COPY OF YOUR POSITIVE RESULTS OR A NOTE FROM YOUR PHYSICIAN.
YOU WILL NOT BE IN TROUBLE WITH THE COURT IF YOU HAVE RECENTLY TESTED FOR THE VIRUS OR RECENTLY TESTED POSITIVE. WE ARE WILLING TO WORK WITH YOU IN WHATEVER WAY WE CAN TO KEEP YOU AND OTHERS SAFE. HOWEVER, IF YOU ARE NOT TRUTHFUL WHEN ASKED ENTRY QUESTIONS BY THE EAST BATON ROUGE PARISH'S SHERRIFF'S OFFICE UPON YOUR ARRIVAL TO THE COURTHOUSE OR YOU ARE NOT TRUTHFUL WITH ANY DIVISION C STAFF MEMBERS, AND WE LATER FIND OUT THAT YOU HAVE RECENTLY TESTED OR RECENTLY TESTED POSITIVE, YOU MAY BE SUBJECT TO DIRECT CONTEMPT OF COURT AND THE MAXIMUM PUNISHMENT ALLOWED BY LAW, WHICH COULD INCLUDE A FINE OR JAIL TIME.
The Family Court of East Baton Rouge Parish has jurisdiction over divorces, community property division, spousal support, child visitation, child custody, child support, and domestic violence.