FLAN helps litigants navigating their Domestic Relations Branch cases, even while the District of Columbia 法院 operate remotely.
想要获得D的人.C. 监护权, 孩子的抚养费, 血统, or divorce matter can call FLAN’s intake and triage line at (202) 844-5428或电子邮件 (电子邮件保护). FLAN的进气管道打开了 周一至周五上午9点.m. – 3 p.m. and is closed on weekends and holidays. FLAN aims to respond to calls within one business day. FLAN is open in-person in courtroom 105 on Tuesdays and Fridays ONLY.
Please note that FLAN usually provides advice and/or representation to individuals whose household income does not exceed 200% of the federal poverty guidelines.
The 家庭法援助网 is a joint project of the D.C. 酒吧公益中心, 华盛顿平价澳博app事务所, and the Legal Aid Society of the District of Columbia. The 家庭法援助网 offers individuals confidential, free legal advice or representation in 监护权, 孩子的抚养费, 血统, and divorce cases heard in the Domestic Relations Branch of D.C. 高等法院. The 家庭法援助网 services individuals whose household income is below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Level. 个人可以达到 The 家庭法援助网 at 202-844-5428 or (电子邮件保护).
Unrepresented Litigants in 家庭 Law Cases in the District
根据 D.C. 司法公正委员会报告, 83% of plaintiffs and 93% of respondents in divorce, 监护权, and miscellaneous cases appear pro se in D.C. 高等法院家事法庭. 根据同一份报告, 97% of respondents in paternity and 孩子的抚养费 cases are unrepresented in 家庭 Court. FLAN affiliates offer 有限范围服务 to these pro se litigants who have a family law matter in 家庭 Court. 就在法院现场, FLAN serves pro se litigants that come to FLAN the day of their hearing, 没有澳博app, 需要立即提供法律服务.
“One of the biggest challenges cited by legal services providers is the high percentage of pro se litigants in 家庭 Court.” – D.C. 司法公正委员会报告
D.C. 司法公正委员会报告 states that “domestic relations proceedings such as divorce, child 监护权 and visitation are among the highest volume filings in D.C. 高等法院, 接近4,500 new cases filed in 2018 on top of the 1,200 plus cases that were pending at the beginning of that year.” A lawyer in these types of cases can make a huge difference. 然而, many litigants in family law cases cannot find attorneys or simply cannot afford an attorney.
Pro se litigants may struggle to fully litigate their family law case, and this puts the stability of their families at risk. Litigants that are represented by counsel have a greater chance of their rights being upheld and their families being protected. Increasing access to justice for litigants who cannot afford a lawyer in family law matters is a key focus for FLAN.
FLAN aims to close this gap in civil legal services by providing free, 有限范围服务, 通常是听证会的那一天, so that all litigants have a fighting chance in family court.
Law Firm and Legal Services Commitment
FLAN leverages law firm support to provide intake screeners on-site at the court and as a referral source for pro bono cases. FLAN leverages limited resources by placing pro bono cases referred by FLAN for full representation with pro bono attorneys.
For more information, please contact Jenadee Nanini at (电子邮件保护).