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Mo. Family Court offers online self-representation resources

JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KFVS) -

Legal assistance is available for people in Missouri who are self-represented and unable to afford full legal representation.

The Committee on Access to Family Courts has launched a "Representing Yourself" website.

People who cannot afford an attorney are taking advantage of expanding resources to help them navigate Missouri's family court divisions on their own.

Individuals have used new forms and resources available on the website, and responses from those users indicate the resources on the site are providing the help the individuals need.

"Understanding the income levels of those who use the website and its resources is very important," committee co-chair Lori Levine said. "This effort was designed specifically to provide access to those whose financial situation would make it very difficult, if not impossible, ever to hire an attorney."

According to the committee, most of the people using the website are there for assistance in dissolving a marriage, while about 20 percent are seeking assistance with child custody and child support issues.

The Representing Yourself website currently provides educational resources and forms for use in cases regarding dissolution of marriage; child custody; child support; name change; paternity; visitation; modifications of custody, support or visitation; enforcement of orders and domestic violence orders of protection.

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