A free legal clinic offering information on divorce and child custody matters will be hosted from noon to 1 p.m. on the fourth Tuesday of every month at the Law Library in the Crow Wing County Judicial Center.
Staffed by an attorney and sponsored by the Legal Aid Service of Northeastern Minnesota, the first clinic will be Tuesday, Nov. 26.
“The session will benefit anybody going through a divorce or custody matter,” said Legal Aid attorney Laurence Chamberlain. “We will discuss the law and process for people who are considering representing themselves or would benefit from learning more about divorce and custody law and process, regardless of ability to afford a lawyer.”
The clinic is not designed to provide specific legal advice for individual cases.
Chamberlain said self-representation is becoming more common because funding for legal services is limited and many people cannot afford a lawyer. “The clinic is designed to help people navigate the process of divorce and child custody and ease some of the burden on the court system which is also under-funded,” Chamberlain said in a news release.
The self-help clinic will provide information about the process and procedures, forms and relevant law in divorce and custody cases. Clinic dates are Nov. 26, Dec. 17, Jan. 27, Feb. 24, March 24 and April 28.
The first half hour is specific to divorce property issues and the second half hour will focus on child custody issues.
The Crow Wing County Law Library is on the third floor of the Crow Wing County Judicial Center at 213 Laurel St., Brainerd. An RSVP would be appreciated by calling Legal Aid Services of Northeastern Minnesota at 829-1701 extension 504.