Representing You

Small Claims Court

Forms and information booklets are available in the Circuit Clerk’s Office.

Dissolution of Marriage
If you are considering representing yourself in a dissolution of marriage case, go to www.courts.mo.gov (Representing Yourself)
and:

  • Complete the Litigant Awareness Program. A CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION IS REQUIRED BEFORE YOU MAY FILE DOCUMENTS IN THIS COURT, RELATED TO DISSOLUTION OF MARRIAGE.
  • At that site, several approved forms are provided in relation to Dissolution of Marriage.
  • If there are children involved, some additional forms are required in the 45th Judicial Circuit (Lincoln and Pike Counties) including:
    -Form 15 which must be completed and filed within 60 days of service of your petition on Respondent.
    If there is a dispute as to custody of children, mediation is usually required.
    -You must also attend a Parenting Program within 60 days of filing your petition. Many attend Focus on Kids locally. You can
    call 573.324.5464 to sign up for this program. Another acceptable program is Children First at 636.332.8000.
    -Form 14 regarding child support must be completed pursuant to State of Missouri rules even if you have agreed on a
    different child support amount.
  • You will receive a Notice of Dismissal ordering that certain steps in the dissolution process be taken by a stated date. You must comply with that order unless you file a request for additional time and are granted additional time.
  • See Missouri Court Rules Volume III for the complete rules of the 45th Judicial Circuit. You can also view them on line at www.courts.mo.gov (Know Your Courts/Circuit Court/45th Judicial Circuit)
  • See Missouri Court Rules Volume I for the complete rules of court for the State of Missouri. See Revised Statutes of Missouri, including Chapter 452 for Missouri Statutes dealing with dissolution of marriage.
  • Missouri Court Rules and computer research are available in the Law Library located in the Lincoln County Justice Center and the Law Library located in the Pike County Courthouse.
Keeping Track of Litigation
You may go to www.courts.mo.gov and click on Case.Net and find information as to documents filed, dates scheduled, etc. Some cases involving juveniles are not accessible such as adoptions and paternity suits.