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Legal Forms & Advice

Legal Forms & Advice


While it is not a requirement to have a lawyer present or seek legal advice, hiring an attorney is always the best choice. Someone who chooses to represent himself or herself in court is considered a pro se litigant.

There are several resources available to pro se litigants:

The Lafayette Parish Law Library is located at 2607 Johnston Street in the Lafayette Bar Association office and is open to the public Monday - Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Please note that the law library will be closed on all days that the Lafayette Parish Courthouse is closed. The library contains many law books for reference and free access to online legal research. Please be advised that no one in the office is able to give any legal advice or assist you with the forms that you may need. If you need assistance or have legal questions, please take advantage of our Counsel on Call program.

Lafayette Volunteer Lawyers Counsel on Call offers free 15 minute consultations with Lafayette Bar members who give their time as a service to the community. These sessions are only available Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. at the Lafayette Bar Office. Spaces are limited so arriving early is advised. The doors open at 8:30 a.m.

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If filing anything in Family Court, please review information about how the hearing officer program works and pointers on how to prepare for a court appearance.
   

There are forms available for purchase at the Lafayette Bar office. Please note that these forms have been designed for use in the 15th Judicial District Court (Lafayette, Acadia and Vermilion Parishes)  Divorce packets are $15 and all others are $10.  Once the packet is complete, it is filed at the parish courthouse where the matter is to be decided.

Divorce packets:

103 Divorce No Children Defendant Served By Sheriff
103 Divorce With Children Defendant Served by Sheriff
103 Divorce With Children Defendant Accepts Service
103 Divorce No Children Defendant Accepts Service
Appoint Curator Reset Hearing Blank Form
Judgment to Amend Divorce Maiden Name
Long Arm Service Affidavit Blank
Motion to set Divorce for Trial

Custody packets: 
Joint Custody Plan Split Alternating Holidays + 3 Day Weekend
Petition Change Custody Divorced Parents
Petition Change Custody Unmarried Parents
Petition Custody Third Party Against One Parent
Petition Custody Third Party Against Both Parents
Rule for Custody, Child Support, and other Incidental Matters
Rule for Modification of Custody
Provisional Custody by Mandate
Ex-Parte (UCCJEA incldued)

Support Packets:
Income Assignment Order Blank
Motion to Appoint Curator
Motion to Modify Child Support
Rule for Contempt of Child Support or Spousal Support
Rule for Interim Spousal Support Order

 

Other forms:
Motion and Order for Private Process Server
Motion to Appoint Curator Blank
Name Change Minor Child
Name Change Adult
Vital Records Name Change
Affidavit of Service by Long Arm Statute
Rule for Contempt (blank)
General Power of Attorney
Health Care Power of Attorney
Subpoena Duces Tecum
In Forma Pauperis Affidavit