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WHO WE SERVE

Family Law Mentor Program assists King County residents who are low-income married or unmarried parents with contested family law cases (dissolution, petition to establish a parenting plan, or paternity cases) where children are at risk.


WHAT WE DO

The Family Law Mentor Program provides direct representation when the children are at risk because of domestic violence, child abuse/neglect, or alcohol/drug abuse.

Volunteer attorneys new to family law take these cases. They receive initial training and ongoing advice and support throughout the case from an experienced mentor attorney.


WE DO NOT

  • Emergencies (no cases close to trial)
  • Modifications of existing court orders
  • Post-Decree matters (after divorce is final)
  • Kinship/ 3rd party custody cases where someone other than the parent is caring for the child

HOW TO REACH SERVICES

  • Call the Family Law Mentor intake line at (206) 267-7085 for a screening interview.
  • If your case is placed with a volunteer attorney, you and your attorney will make arrangements for appointments.

HOW TO PREPARE

  • Gather all related paperwork.
  • Decide on the desired outcome or goal.

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HOW TO PREPARE

  1. Decide on the desired outcome or goal.
  2. Schedule an appointment at a Neighborhood Legal Clinic.
  3. Write a list of specific questions for the attorney.
  4. Bring to the clinic appointment:
    • Agreements or contracts (signed or proposed)
    • Written rules or policies
    • Court orders
    • Court papers served on you or that you filed with the court
    • All letters or emails to and from person or business with whom you have the disagreement
    • Specific paperwork related to the case. For example, employee handbook, parenting plan, child support order, protection order, lease, rental agreement
  5. Organize any paperwork from most recent on the top to oldest at the bottom.
  6. Identify all deadlines.
  7. Tell the legal clinic volunteer about these deadlines.
  8. Remember you only have 30 minutes. Be prepared to tell the history of the legal issue to the legal clinic volunteer.
  9. If your legal issue is vacating your criminal record please bring your Washington Access to Criminal History report.

Neighborhood Legal Clinics are drug, alcohol, weapon, violence, aggressive behavior, and threat free.