First, you must provide the correct foreign mailing address. The Court will send (via registered mail), notice to the other party.
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Please see the Court’s website for detailed information regarding custody, visitation and child support.
Please see the Court’s website for detailed information regarding filing a Show Cause.
Please file a Request for Expedited Hearing (PDF).
Please make sure you articulate the exact reasons your case should be set ahead of everyone else.
Please note: while the Court understands that sensitive matters such as child custody, visitation, and child support are extremely emergent to each individual’s family, we cannot possibly grant every emergency hearing request.
Please limit requests to those of a truly emergent nature where someone’s life, physical, or emotional well-being are in danger.
Please use the Court’s generic Motion Form to request a Guardian Ad Litem. Please make sure you articulate the reasons why the child’s best interests would not be adequately represented without the appointment of a Guardian Ad Litem.
Please see the Court’s brochure (PDF) for more information.
Please fill out the Foreign Language Request form (PDF) to request an interpreter.
All final orders of the J&DR District Court may be appealed within 10 days of final judgment. The best way to note your appeal is in person. If you cannot note your appeal in person, please call the Clerk’s Office to be directed to the appropriate appeal form to use to note your appeal, and you may fax it in.
Our office is open Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Our phone number is 804-748-1379 and our fax number is 804-717-6043.
If the tenth day falls on a holiday or a date the court is otherwise closed, the appeal would be due the next day the court is open. The court will not calculate the date the appeal is due.
If it has been more than 10 days and you have missed your appeal period, you may wish to file a Motion to Reopen/Rehear (Form DC-368 (PDF)/Instructions (PDF)). In criminal cases, a Motion to Reopen must be filed within 60 days. In civil cases, a Motion to Rehear must be filed within 30 days.
Please read the law regarding Motions to Reopen/Rehear:
You do not need to have missed the appeal window in order to file a Motion to Reopen/Rehear.
You may wish to file a Motion to Reopen/Rehear (Form DC-368 (PDF)/Instructions (PDF)). In criminal cases, a Motion to Reopen must be filed within 60 days. In civil cases, a Motion to Rehear must be filed within 30 days.
If the Court does not grant your Motion to Rehear, you may need to file anew.
Please fill out a copy request form and fax it to 804-717.6043.
You will need to mail or fax the DC-437 form (PDF) to change your address.
The Court will mail notice to the Sheriff’s Office serving court papers for the jurisdiction wherein the other party resides. You will not need to do anything other than provide us the correct Virginia address.
The Court does not arrange for service out of state; however, we do send notice to the opposing party via certified mail. If you would like to arrange for an out of state Sheriff’s Office or constable to serve the opposing party, you will need to arrange for service and provide payment that the Clerk’s Office will then send out of state.
Yes, however, you will have to find a private process server yourself and arrange payment directly with them. Please notify the Clerk’s Office as soon as possible that you want a private process server to handle service and we will let you know when it will be ready. The Court will prepare the notice and your private process server can pick it up at the Clerk’s Office.
You will need to fill out the Respondent’s Request for Income Deduction Order (DC-615) (PDF).
Request for Income Deduction Page
If you have a current Income Deduction Order in place and need to change the employer’s information, please fill out the Notice and Motion for Proposed Income Deduction Order (DC-617) (PDF).
You will need to fill out the appropriate court forms. (Income Deduction Orders)