Legal Aid for Family Law
Family law is complex. Additionally, family law cases tend to be very emotional matters. If you find yourself financially unable to retain a family law attorney, consider obtaining pro bono (no fee) representation or an attorney who charges a reduced fee. There are specific types of legal aid organizations that provide quality, effective and experienced legal representation to individuals and families of limited financial means.
- The function of legal aid organizations includes providing legal assistance in family law cases of all types. These include divorce, child custody, child visitation and related matters. The typical legal aid organization provides these types of legal representation at no fee or a low fee, based on a client’s income.
- A common type of legal aid organization is a not-for-profit agency providing a wide range of legal services, from eviction cases to family law cases of all types. A legal aid agency charges no fee or a reduced fee, depending on income. Another type of legal aid program is that offered by a law school. Nearly all law schools in the United States offer clinical programs through which economically disadvantaged clients receive legal services at no cost.
- A not-for-profit legal aid organization provides you with an attorney to represent your interest in your particular case. A law school legal clinic assigns a law student in her final year to represent your interests in a case. The law student is certified as being qualified to provide you legal assistance. The efforts of the law student are supervised by a duly licensed attorney.
- The benefits of accessing one of these types of legal aid programs is that you obtain experienced representation in your family law matter. You do not have to resort to muddling through a case on your own, not really knowing whether you are making the best decisions about your family law matter.
- Contact a legal aid organization in your community immediately upon learning you face a family law case. Do not take any steps on your own behalf in a case prior to consulting with a professional from such an organization. Advise the court and the opposing attorney that you are seeking legal representation and need at least a short period of time to accomplish that task.