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.

COVID-19 UPDATES
THE FOLLOWING ARE SPECIFIC MESSAGES FROM THE DIVISION JUDGES:
 
DIVISION A - JUDGE PAMELA BAKER
During this time of suspension of court operations, Division A of The Family Court is working diligently to reassign and settle cases currently scheduled on its dockets through April 30, 2020. In an effort to help settle cases, Division A will be scheduling Zoom video conferences in cases with all parties represented by attorneys.
 
Attorneys should, first, be in contact with each other to advise that a conference with Judge Baker is wanted. Then, an e-mail shall be sent to the staff attorney, Amy Poindexter, to schedule the conference (
apoindexter@familycourt.org).
 
If the attorney is unsure whether the opposing party is represented, Amy will also be of assistance.
 
Please, if you have a matter set on the docket for Division A through April 30, 2020, be contact be with the division so that it can be addressed. 


DIVISION C- JUDGE CHARLENE CHARLET DAY
During these uncertain times, Division C of the Family Court is committed to continuing to serve the Baton Rouge Community. Division C will be staffed and open every day from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. All staff members will be available daily by e-mail (see below), and a staff member will be present in the office each day of the week. 
 
If both parties are represented by counsel and need a status in a pending matter, Judge Day will be available to status by telephone or "Zoom" by scheduled appointment only. Please contact Brienne or Adrianna by e-mail to schedule your status conference.
 
Further, Judge Day will be available to confirm uncontested  divorces pursuant to La. Civil Code art. 102. Both attorneys must agree to allow the divorce to proceed by electronic means. These divorces will take place in 30 minute time intervals on  Wednesday mornings between 9:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. Please contact Brienne or Adrianna prior to filing your Rule to Show Cause to schedule a time and date to confirm a divorce.
 
If you have any questions, please reach out to my staff via e-mail, and they will assist you as promptly and as best they can.
 

Adrianna Armstead (JA): aarmstead@familycourt.org
Brienne Griffin (staff attorney): bgriffin@familycourt.org
Melissa David (court reporter): mdavid@familycourt.org

 



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.