The Coordinated Family Law Project announces the availability of a series of Powerpoint presentations aimed at helping people who are representing themselves in family law cases in Pierce County Superior Court. The information is designed to be simple, clear, current and specific. It can be used by anyone who has a family law question.
Topics include dissolution, temporary orders, community property, service, parenting plans, modifying parenting plans, establishing paternity, domestic violence protection orders and finalizing an uncontested divorce. Nonparental custody will be added soon and other topics are in the works.
"These presentations are not intended to substitue for legal representation or advice, but we hope that they will be a good information source which can help the large number of people who are representing themselves in family law cases avoid common problems and have a more successful result in court," said Laurie Davenport of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association. Those who do not have Internet access can view the presentations on computers in the Pierce County Law Library and the Tacoma Public Library.
See the presentations at www.tacomaprobono.org.
The project is a cooperative effort of the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Program, Northwest Justice Project Tacoma office, TPCBA Family Law Section, Pierce County Prosecutor’s Office Family Support Division, Pierce County Law Library, Pierce County Clerk’s Office, Pierce County Family Law Facilitators, Family Justice Center, YWCA Legal Department and Northwest Justice Project CLEAR (Coordinated Legal Education Advice & Referral).
Volunteer Legal Services also announces a new Pro Se Family Law Clinic, which began in October as a part of the Coordinated Family Law Project. The clinic is held from noon to 1:30 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the Access to Civil Justice Center, 715 Tacoma Ave. S. It is for low-income clients representing themselves in family law cases and will provide eligible clients a one-on-one appointment with a family law attorney for advice or review of paperwork. Clinic services are by appointment and can be arranged by calling 253.572.5134.