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Frequently Asked Questions
 
  1. I am not represented by an attorney. Where can I review rules and procedures to represent myself?
  2. I am not represented by an attorney. Are there any forms available that I may use to file for custody/visitation?
  3. I am not represented by an attorney. Are there any forms available that I may use to modify my existing custody or visitation order?
  4. I am not represented by an attorney. Are there any forms available that I may use when the other parent/party is not doing what the court order says?
  5. I am not represented by an attorney. Are there any forms available that I may use to register a custody or visitation order from another state?
  6. I am not represented by an attorney. Are there any forms available that I may use to enforce a custody or visitation order from another state?
  7. Where can I find Family Court forms?
  8. What do I do if I decide that I need help with understanding my rights?
  9. How can I locate an attorney to represent me?
  10. What are Family Court's hours of operation?
  11. Are there other individuals or agencies who can help me with my family related issues?
Q. I am not represented by an attorney. Where can I review rules and procedures to represent myself?
A. If you choose to represent yourself, you must comply with all state laws and procedures and local rules. You should therefore thoroughly review the information contained in the following websites:
Q. I am not represented by an attorney. Are there any forms available that I may use to file for custody/visitation?
A. Instructions and forms can be obtained from this website under File It Yourself Domestic Packets "Complaint for Child Custody". Please note that the Family Court Office does not have copies of this packet and cannot print any of these forms for you. A list of public libraries with computer and printer facilities can be obtained from the Family Court Office.
 
Q. I am not represented by an attorney. Are there any forms available that I may use to modify my existing custody or visitation order?
A. Instructions and forms can be obtained from this website under File It Yourself Domestic Packets "Modification of Child Custody". Please note that the Family Court Office does not have copies of this packet and cannot print any of these forms for you. A list of public libraries with computer and printer facilities can be obtained from the Family Court Office.
 
Q. I am not represented by an attorney. Are there any forms available that I may use when the other parent/party is not doing what the court order says?
A. Instructions and forms can be obtained from this website under File It Yourself Domestic Packets "Motion for Order to Show Cause". Please note that the Family Court Office does not have copies of this packet and cannot print any of these forms for you. A list of public libraries with computer and printer facilities can be obtained from the Family Court Office.
 
Q. I am not represented by an attorney. Are there any forms available that I may use to register a custody or visitation order from another state?
A. Instructions and forms can be obtained from this website under File It Yourself Domestic Packets "Registration of Foreign Child Custody Order". Please note that the Family Court Office does not have copies of this packet and cannot print any of these forms for you. A list of public libraries with computer and printer facilities can be obtained from the Family Court Office.
 
Q. I am not represented by an attorney. Are there any forms available that I may use to enforce a custody or visitation order from another state?
A. Instructions and forms can be obtained from this website under File It Yourself Domestic Packets "Expedited Enforcement of Foreign Child Custody Order". Please note that the Family Court Office does not have copies of this packet and cannot print any of these forms for you. A list of public libraries with computer and printer facilities can be obtained from the Family Court Office.
 
Q. Where can I find Family Court forms?
A. Wake County's forms for domestic, juvenile abuse/neglect/dependency and juvenile abuse/neglect/dependency and juvenile delinquency and undisciplined proceedings can be found under Domestic Rules & Forms , Juvenile AND Rules & Forms and Juvenile Delinquency and Undisciplined Proceedings Rules & Forms respectively.
 
Q. What do I do if I decide that I need help with understanding my rights?
A. No one in the Family Court Office is permitted by law to provide you with legal advice. So, if you are ever unclear about your rights, we strongly encourage you to seek the assistance of an attorney.
 
Q. How can I locate an attorney to represent me?
A. If you are unsure of where to find an attorney, or feel that you cannot afford an attorney, please see Domestic Attorneys in Wake County for some providers.
 
Q. What are Family Court's hours of operation?
A. The Family Court Office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. When filing a new domestic case, arrive before 4:30 p.m. to ensure enough time to process your paperwork.
 
Q. Are there other individuals or agencies who can help me with my family related issues?
A. Yes. In addition to Family Court, Wake County offers many resources and departments that can assist you. Please see Helpful Related Services for a sample of services.
 
 
 
   
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