Hamilton County Domestic Relations Family Law Clinic

The Family Law Clinic IS NOW OPEN. 

Who We Are

Volunteer lawyers and law students provide free help to low-income litigants representing themselves in Hamilton County Domestic Relations Court. We offer assistance prior to the filing of an action, during the filing process, as the case progresses through the court process, as well as after a divorce or dissolution has been granted. You must be a resident of Hamilton County in order to apply for Clinic services. 

Click here for the Family Law Clinic brochure.

How We Can Help

All aspects of a divorce or dissolution including:
Initial Filings
Decree Paperwork
Child Support

What The Clinic Cannot Do

The Clinic volunteer attorneys will not represent you in Court.
Volunteer law students and court personnel cannot give legal advice.
We are unable to provide assistance with Civil Protection Orders or Appellate issues.

Hours and Location

800 Broadway, 2nd Floor
The Clinic will not be having in-person visits. All telephone appointments must be scheduled by the court.
Tuesdays 9:00 am to 1:00 pm
Thursdays 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

You must complete the four following documents: Family Law Clinic Application, QuestionnaireAgreement for Limited Legal Services and Poverty Affidavit to see if you qualify for services from one of the volunteer attorneys.
To email your completed application packet, please email it to Sarah Sanderson at FLC@cms.hamilton-co.org as an attachment using a program such as Word or as a PDF.
You may also mail or drop off your completed application packet to: 
Hamilton County Domestic Relations Court
Attn: Sarah Sanderson, Room 2-68
800 Broadway
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

If you qualify for services, we will contact you to schedule a telephone appointment with a volunteer lawyer. If you do not qualify, we will notify you also.

Family Law Clinic

Legal Aid
Women Helping Women
Cincinnati Bar Lawyer Referral Service
Comprehensive List of Area Legal Resources
FLC-Legal Resources PDF


Volunteer attorneys can receive up to 6 hours of CLE credit per biennial compliance period for pro bono legal services performed. For more information, please see Supreme Court's brochure on How to Earn CLE Credit for Pro Bono Service.

If you are an attorney or law student interested in volunteering at the Clinic, please contact Sarah Sanderson at FLC@cms.hamilton-co.org or 513-946-9071.

Clinic volunteers will not appear with you in court. The clinic is a resource provided to help you represent yourself.