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Places that Help: Missouri
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Below is a list of courthouses where you can file for an order of protection. (If you want to file for custody, divorce, or anything else, you may want to call the courthouse to make sure that the court we have listed is the proper courthouse.) At the courthouse, the clerk will provide you with the forms that you need to file. If you need assistance filling out the forms, the clerk may be able to give basic instructions, but the clerk usually cannot help you decide what information to write or give you any sort of advice. You will also find links to online forms at our MO Download Court Forms page. For further help, you may want to reach out to a local domestic violence program or a legal services organization. You can find links to both types of organizations on our MO Places that Help page.
Independence Courthouse Annex
(Blue Springs, Independence, Lee’s Summit, Raytown, etc.)
Jackson County - Judicial Circuit 16
Jasper County Courthouse - Judicial Circuit 29, Carthage Office
Jasper County Courthouse - Judicial Circuit 29, Joplin Office
Special Note: Jasper County has two court buildings, one each in Carthage and Joplin. There are no jurisdictional lines and cases can be filed at either location.
Jefferson County Courthouse - Judicial Circuit 23
(636) 797-5060 Adult Abuse Orders
Johnson County Courthouse - Judicial Circuit 17
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