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Families that face family court often become stressed and overwhelmed. Compounding that fact is the inability of many families or individuals to afford legal representation. However, many individuals have effectively represented themselves in family court. If individuals become knowledgeable in all facets of applicable family laws, possible outcomes, and consequences, they will be better prepared to face court proceedings. In fact, there are many resources available to individuals that must represent themselves in court.

For example, individuals that must fill out family law legal forms, often find access to information at the court house. Generally, when an individual picks up the appropriate forms, they can get advice on how to fill it out correctly at the same location. In fact, forms often come with detailed instructions that are explained in a very simple manner, to avoid complicating the facts. In addition, divorcing couples that wish to avoid court proceedings all together, can find reduced fee services through a family law center. Not only is it cheaper, but it is a much faster process in which the interests of all parties are considered, when reaching an agreement. However, some couples are unable to reach an agreement without court intervention, but they cannot afford legal representation. In that case, individuals can find free legal advice in places like law libraries or from organizations that strive to allow families to maintain stability, such as religious organizations.

In addition, individuals can access legal forums that provide information to the general public, often free of charge. In fact, some individuals may be able to get pro bono legal representation by utilizing information found on those forums. In any case, individuals will be able to find the necessary information, sometimes it just requires extensive and careful research.


In any family law case, there are likely to be numerous family law forms that must be filed out and filed with the courts. In just one family law case, there may be dozens of forms that need to be filled out and filled with courts. In addition, individuals need to be sure that all involved parties receive the proper notification about those forms. For example, a person that files a petition for divorce, must be sure that their spouse is served with those papers in an appropriate and legal fashion. While many of the forms are self explanatory, some are confusing.

Legal forms are vital to achieving a successful outcome in any legal case, therefore individuals should only fill out forms that they completely understand. If in fact, there are questions, individuals should consult an attorney or ask questions at the court or at a non profit legal service. In addition, individuals should be sure that they take the proper action with the forms, once they have been filled out. In general, courts provide fact sheets to assist individuals that wish to take any action in the family courts. Those fact sheets will contain detailed instructions on which forms are necessary and the manner in which they should be filled out.

Family Law Centers:

While legal disagreements can be settled in courts, that process if often time consuming, stressful, and expensive. However, adults are encouraged to try and work out any disagreement absent court intervention. In other words, individuals can try to come to an agreement on issues such as divorce, without ever entering a court room. In fact, family law centers aim to do just that. They generally charge a flat rate for couples wishing to come to a divorce agreement without any court proceedings. In fact, the only time the couples goes before the judge is to gain approval of their agreement.

Couples can often come to a mutually beneficial agreement while utilizing the services of a family law specialist. In fact there are many benefits including reduced fees, quicker results, and that the entire process take place in a private setting. In addition, children are generally spared much of stress and discomfort that is associated with court proceedings. An added benefit is that couples can always take part in court proceedings if the process in not completed through a family law center and often most of the disagreement has been settled at that point, so the couple still saves time and money.

Free Advice/Representation:

When individuals are faced with family law court proceedings, they may realize that they are unable to afford legal representation. In fact, the cost of legal representation in family court is often prohibitive to many families and individuals. However, there are services that offer free legal advice, such as religious or non profit organizations. In general, the purpose of those organizations is to improve the stability of families, and to help improve their quality of life. Many times, those organizations can also help families find inexpensive or free psychological counseling which can be helpful to maintaining the mental health of all family members during and after the process.

Those organizations tend to be run with state funds or by grants and donations and therefore, can provide free or lost cost services. In addition, there are some organizations that help individuals retain the services of a pro bono family law attorney. If individuals are unable to find these services on there own, they can contact the courts for a list of available resources in their state. In general, people who qualify for free or reduced fee services will be offered assistance from an individual that is knowledgeable on all aspects of the family court.

Law Libraries:

Law libraries are a great place for people to gain knowledge on family law. In fact law libraries are general located in several locations and are often open to the public. Most courts have law libraries. In addition, most universities have law libraries, or libraries with large sections on law. These section is generally updated quite frequently because of the frequency with which laws sometimes change. In addition, there will always be recently published periodicals available. Those periodicals may contain facts on recent case law, as well as recent outcomes of cases that involved similar facts to the case of the individual seeking knowledge and advice. In any case, law libraries are filled with information that will help individuals sort through confusing laws and court procedures.


There are many legal forums available online. In fact, many forums are state specific, so that the information will apply to specific cases in certain states. In addition, forums are generally based on specific subjects, such as divorce or child custody, which can help individuals sort through extensive available information.

In general, forums are run by legal professionals. Forums generally allow the general public to ask questions, and have them answered by legal professionals and by others that have been through similar court proceedings. Forums offer support in several ways. First, individuals can become more knowledgeable in state family laws, as well as any possible outcome of their court case. In addition, forums can grant individuals emotional support from others that have been, or are going through similar circumstances. Issues of family law can have a great impact on the entire family unit. For that reason, forums can help individuals to gain an understanding of those implications on their family. In addition, forums can present information that will help individuals to avoid negative outcomes for themselves and their family.

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