The Office of the Family Law Facilitator is staffed by attorneys who work for the Superior Court. They help you to understand your options and to better represent yourself in family law matters. Services are FREE. They never become your attorney as they can help either side in a case. If you need to go to court, you will be in court by yourself to present your case. (Don't worry-many people are self-represented in family law and are able to do this.) If you want legal advice on case strategy, you should speak with your own private attorney.
You can get help with the following issue areas:
Property division (limited assistance available)
Divorce, legal separation, annulment
The Family Law Facilitator can:
Explain what is happening in your case and help you to understand your options
Explain legal concepts
Help you to select appropriate legal paperwork
Help you to understand how to complete your legal paperwork
Help you to understand how to get your legal paperwork properly served and filed with the court
Help you to process a Request to Waive Court Fees and related documents
Help you to process a request for a telephone appearance
Help you with issues relating to the Department of Child Support Services, including applying for services; investigating problems; and the completion, service and filing of legal papers
If you work with the Family Law Facilitator, you are responsible for processing your own case. The goal of the Facilitator is to help you to better represent yourself. The Family Law Facilitator is not your attorney. There is no attorney-client relationship between you and the Family Law Facilitator. The Facilitator can equally help you and the other party (for example, your former spouse, the parent of your child, etc.). Anyone is welcome to ask for help from the Facilitator.
When you speak with the Family Law Facilitator, your conversation is NOT private or confidential. As a policy the facilitator does not want to talk about your case with anyone. If the facilitator is subpoenaed to court, however, there is no attorney-client privilege that would protect your conversation and make it confidential.
The Facilitator can help you to:
Understand what is happening in your case
Understand what legal options you may have
Select the proper legal forms and to complete them
Properly serve the forms
Properly get the forms filed with the Clerk's Office
Understand the calculation of child and spousal support