Indiana Legal and Tax Information

The library has several books with various legal and other forms. It also has a copy, at the Information Services Desk, of Indiana practice essential forms with information on child custody, visitation and support, guardianships, wills, and other legal documents.

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A petition is a formal written request for a court or other governmental body to order or grant a particular action. While local courts do not require a specific form, certain information is required by statute to be included in the body of some petitions. Points that need to be included in the petition may be found in the Indiana Code dealing with the subject of the petition.

Other forms also may be required in the filing of the petition. The library cannot provide the names or types of forms needed.

Judges also may require that an attorney be involved in the filing of certain types of petitions.

For more information,
contact the court clerk or the judge’s office for the county in which you will file the petition.

A sample petition is available on some word-processing programs. Information will need to be changed or added to the sample to fit a particular situation.