Handling Your Own Case

Pro-Se or Handling Your Own Case

Definition of Pro-Se

The term pro-se means that you are acting as your own lawyer in your case. Remember that our laws and procedures can be complicated. If you do not have legal training, you might make mistakes that could jeopardize your case. If you have questions or doubts about your case, please seek the guidance of a lawyer.



    The following forms can be found on the Indiana Pro-Se Committee Website:
    • Divorce With/Without Children (English and Spanish)
    • Motion for Fee Waiver
    • Verified Motion for Contempt Regarding Visitation
    • Verified Motion for Contempt
    • Verified Motion for Continuance (English and Spanish)
    • Verified Petition for Modification of Child Support
    • Verified Petition for Name Change
    • Verified Petition to Reduce Child Support Due to Emancipation of Minor Child(ren)
    • Verified Petition to Terminate Child Support Due to Emancipation of Minor Child(ren)


    The following organizations can provide information that could assist you in your case:

    Legal Aid Corporation of Tippecanoe County

    210-212 N 5th Street
    Lafayette, IN 47905
    Phone: 765-742-1068

    IN Legal Aid is a local non-profit organization that provides low-cost professional legal assistance to low-income residents on family law matters.

    Indiana Legal Services, Inc.

    639 Columbia Street
    Lafayette, IN 47905
    Phone: 765-423-5327
    Here is the Website

    Legal Services provides free civil legal services to qualified applicants in Tippecanoe and 13 surrounding counties. They have an excellent web site with fillable forms and a large amount of general information.

    Tippecanoe County Pro-Se Center

    639 Columbia Street
    Lafayette, IN 47905
    Phone: 765-423-5327

    The Pro-Se Center has a variety of information available to the public free of charge. Several court forms, court preparation suggestions, and contact information for several local agencies are available.

    Tippecanoe County Public Library

    627 South Street
    Lafayette, IN 47905
    Phone: 765-429-0100

    The library offers resources in the Legal Reference Collection that are directed at assisting the lay person in understanding Indiana law and basic legal implications in their everyday life.