Pilot program offering in-court assistance for families without attorneys

WLFI News at 6 (09/09/19)

Posted: Sep 9, 2019 6:18 PM
Updated: Sep 9, 2019 6:18 PM

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life in prison without parole. 3 tippecanoe county families have a new way to get legal assistance in family law cases. a new pilot program is providing in-court assistance for families obtaining child support orders.as news 18's balint szalavari, the program is designed to help lower income families. 3<tippecanoe superior court 2 judge steven meyer's new program was created to assist families who are not represented by attorneys in court.meyer says the program aims to eliminate errors when completing a child support worksheet.meyer: "it causes a delay in getting the support. sometimes it could result in a support amount being too high or low if the form is not filled out correctly." the program began last thursday.it provides in-court assistance from indiana legal services while completing the child support worksheet.state law requires the document in any family law case involving children under 19 years old. managing attorney ann ginda she says families must pre-apply for the service before their hearing.ginda: "they do have to qualify for our program in order for us to represent them.we have income guidelines." ginda says having assistance from an attorney will benefit lower income families.ginda: "these individuals who are not able to afford it on their own will be able to feel like there is justice available for them as well." judge meyer believes this will help eliminate issues that may come up in the future.meyer: "we're hoping that we can more efficiently deal with the case. we don't have to reassign the case for another time, and it provides those folks some help and assistance in getting their child support sooner." in lafayette, balint szalavari, news 18.> 3 assistance will be available the first and third thursday of each month from 8:30 am until noon for scheduled hearings.the pilot program will continue through the end of 2019.more information about the child support worksheets can be found on our website, wlfi.com
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