General Information About Custody
Authored By: Children's Law Center
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- Where do I go?
- The court that handles custody cases in D.C. is the D.C. Family Court.
- D.C. Family Court is a part of D.C. Superior Court.
The courthouse is located at 500 Indiana Avenue, N.W., Washington, D.C. 20001(at 5th and D Streets, N.W.).
It is one block from the Judiciary Square Metro stop (Red line) or one block from the Archives/Navy Memorial stop (Green/Yellow lines). See www.dccourts.gov for more information about the D.C. court system.
- Where do I file court papers?
- Court papers in a custody case are filed with the Family Court Central Intake Center (CIC).
- CIC is located on the JM level of the courthouse, Room JM-540.
- CIC is open Monday - Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- Where are the court files kept?
- Court files in custody cases are kept in the Domestic Relations Clerk's Office, Room JM-300.
- These files are open to the public, and you are permitted to review your own file.
- Where can I get the forms that I need for my custody case?
- Online - click here. You can fill these forms out on the computer, but you will still have to print them and file them with the court.
- D.C. Family Court Central Intake Center, Room JM-540 of the D.C. Courthouse
- D.C. Family Court Self-Help Center, Room JM-570 of the D.C. Courthouse
Last Review and Update: Mar 14, 2011