Pro Se Divorce Clinic

The Pro Se Divorce Clinic assists with uncontested divorces for persons with minor children.

An uncontested divorce is a divorce in which both parties are willing to sign the pleadings necessary to obtain the divorce.

In order to receive assistance, the applicant must first complete an intake interview, which can be done over the phone, to see if he or she qualifies for assistance.

The following shall disqualify an applicant from receiving assistance through the Pro Se Divorce Clinic:

  • Being over income
  • If the spouse has a retirement plan with a current or former employer
  • An active bankrupcy
  • Paternity issues
  • Refusal to set child support

Other factors may also disqualify a participant, however, the above are the most common.

Obtaining a divorce requires three appointments at the Pro Se Divorce Clinic. The Pro Se Litigant receives limited legal advice and assistance in drafting the necessary pleadings and specific instructions on how to file for divorce.


Child support order must either be in place or in some cases, may be created through the Parenting Plan at the Clinic. However, proof of both parties’ income must be provided in order to establish child support through the Clinic.


The cost of filing for divorce through the Pro Se Divorce Clinic is the intake fee which is due at the first appointment. The intake fee is a sliding scale amount between $5 – $15 and filing fee must be paid to the Clerk of the Court. At this time, the filing fee for an uncontested divorce with minor children is $381.50. This is paid to the Court and is not a fee received by the Pro Se Divorce Clinic.

Court costs will also have to be paid by the Pro Se litigant. The Court costs are assessed at the end of the case, and the Court will mail the responsible party a bill that is based upon the number of pleadings filed with the Court and the amount of time taken of the Court. This fee is also paid directly to the Court and is not a fee received by the Pro Se Divorce Clinic.

The Pro Se Divorce Clinic is open Monday through Friday and appointment hours are from 9:00 a.m. until noon, each day.

The Pro Se Divorce Clinic will also be open until 3:00 p.m. on Wednesdays to assist never married Pro Se litigants who wish to file a Petition to Establish Child Support or a Patient to Set Visitation.

The Pro Se Divorce Clinic is located in the Shelby County Courthouse

140 Adams Avenue, Room #134
Memphis, TN 38103