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Family Law Self-Help Centers

Where can I get in-person legal help?

Most circuit courts have walk-in family law centers where you can get free legal help from lawyers, paralegals, or court staff. Only lawyers can provide legal advice. These centers help with family law cases including child custody, child support, child access, divorce, name change, domestic violence and paternity. Some centers help with adoption and guardianship cases.

Center staff CAN:

  • explain family law processes,
  • answer questions,
  • help with court forms, and
  • help you open, answer, or move forward your family case.

They CAN NOT:

  • represent you in court,
  • file paperwork for you, or
  • help you if you have a lawyer.

Find a family law center near you below. Each center operates independently, and most have a first come/first served sign-up process.

City/County Address Days Hours Phone Website
Allegany 59 Prospect Sq., Cumberland Tuesday 12:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 301-722-3390 Allegany Family Services
Anne Arundel 8 Church Cir., Annapolis. Suite 303 Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 410-222-1153 Anne Arundel Family Law Self Help Center
Baltimore City 111 N. Calvert St., Baltimore. Room 114.  Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.   Baltimore City Family Law Self Help Center
Baltimore County 401 Bosley Ave., Towson. Room 101 Mon-Wed 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (closed 12-1 p.m.)   Baltimore County Family Division
401 Bosley Ave., Towson. Room 101 Thursday  8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. (closed 12-1 p.m.)  
401 Bosley Ave., Towson. Room 101 Friday 8:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (closed 12-12:30 p.m.)   
401 Bosley Ave., Towson. Grand Jury Room Last Tuesday of the Month 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  
Calvert 175 Main St., Prince Frederick Wednesday 12:30p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 410-535-1600 X2516 Calvert County Family Law Self Help Center
Caroline 109 Market St., Denton. Room 200 Monday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Caroline Family Services
109 Market St., Denton. Room 200 Third Thursday of the month 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  
Carroll 55 N. Court St., Westminster. Suite 208 Wednesday 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. 410-386-2751 Carroll Family Law Administration
55 N. Court St., Westminster. Suite 208 Thursday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 410-386-2751
Cecil 129 East Main St., Elkton. Room 205 Monday 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 410-996-1157 Cecil Family Law Assistance
129 East Main St., Elkton. Room 205 Tuesday  8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 410-996-1157
129 East Main St., Elkton. Room 205 Wednesday 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.  410-996-1157
129 East Main St., Elkton. Room 205 Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. 410-996-1157
Charles 200 Charles St., LaPlata Tuesday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 301-932-3278 Charles Family Services
200 Charles St., LaPlata 1st and 3rd Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 301-932-3278
Dorchester 206 High St., Cambridge. Room 101 Monday 12:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. 410-228-1395 Dorchester Family Services
206 High St., Cambridge. Room 101 Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 410-228-1395
Frederick 100 W. Patrick St., Frederick. Lower level.  Tues-Thurs 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 301-600-2023 Frederick Family Services
Frederick Community College, Bldg. E 3rd Tuesday 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 301-600-2023
Garrett 203 S. 4th St., Oakland Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 301-334-7602 Garrett Family Services
Harford 20 W. Courtland St., Bel Air. Level A Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 410-638-4916 Harford Self Help Center
Howard 8360 Court Ave., Ellicott City. Room 209 Monday & Wednesday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 410-313-2135 Howard Family Law Assistance
8360 Court Ave., Ellicott City. Room 209 1st and 3rd Friday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 410-313-2135
6600 Cradlerock Way, Columbia 2nd, 3rd, 4th Tuesday 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 410-313-2135
Kent 103 N. Cross St., Chestertown. 2nd floor. Tues & Thurs 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 410-810-1059 Kent Family Law Assistance
103 N. Cross St., Chestertown. 2nd floor. Wednesday 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 410-810-1059
Montgomery 50 Maryland Ave., Rockville. South Tower, Room 1500.  Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 240-777-9076 Montgomery Family Law Self Help Center
50 Maryland Ave., Rockville. South Tower, Room 1500.  Tuesday 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 240-777-9076
Prince George's 14735 Main St, Upper Marlboro. Room M0416 Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 301-780-8000 Prince George's Family Division
Room M2435 Mon-Thurs 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 240-391-6370
Room M2435 Friday 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 240-391-6370
Queen Anne's 200 N. Commerce St., Centreville. Suite 114 Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   Queen Anne's Family Law Clinic
200 Library Cir., Stevensville 1st & 2nd Thursday 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  
121 S. Commerce St., Centerville 3rd & 4th Thursday 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.  
Somerset 30513 Prince William St., Princess Anne Friday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 410-621-7583 Somerset Family Law Self Help Center
St. Mary's 41605 Courthouse Dr., Leonardtown Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.   St. Mary's County Family Services
41605 Courthouse Dr., Leonardtown last Friday 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  
21677 Franklin Delano Roosevelt Blvd., Lexington Park 1-3 x per month Call for hours 301-475-7844 x4121
Talbot 11 N. Washington St., Easton. South Wing. Monday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 410-770-6806 Talbot Family Services
11 N. Washington St., Easton. South Wing. 1st & 3rd Friday 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.  410-770-6806
100 W. Dover St., Easton 1st Thursday 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. 410-770-6806
Washington 24 Summit Ave., Hagerstown. Room 229 Thursday 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. 240-313-2580 Washington Family Law Clinic
Wicomico 101 N. Division St., Salisbury Monday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 410-334-3110 Wicomico Family Law Self Help Center
101 N. Division St., Salisbury Wednesday 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 410-334-3110
Worcester One W. Market St., Snow Hill. Room 101 Monday 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 410-632-5638 Worcester Family Law Self Help Center
One W. Market St., Snow Hill. Room 101 3rd Wednesday (Guardianship only) 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. 410-632-5638