Services for free or low-cost legal aid and advice regarding divorce are available throughout the country, according to Cathy Meyer of About.com's Divorce Support. To receive free advice on divorce, one must meet the state requirements for receiving legal aid.Know More
About.com defines legal aid as being primarily for people who can't afford the cost of legal representation for cases such as divorce. The categories of people who generally qualify for legal aid include disabled people, domestic abuse victims, senior citizens, low-income military members and people who meet low-income guidelines.
Each state has a legal aid office to assist low-income citizens, states About.com. If one meets the eligibility requirements, the state's program or organization refers the client to a lawyer who specializes in divorce cases and child custody and domestic abuse cases.
Some independent bar associations have pro bono programs that provide free or low-cost legal services, according to Lawyers.com. These organizations have similar income requirements as the state programs. In both cases (pro bono or state), it is likely that the client needs to provide proof and documentation of income or assets. Some bar associations also run weekly or monthly free legal clinics for which lawyers volunteer to answer any questions potential clients have about divorce or other legal proceedings.Learn more about Law
Free divorce papers are usually available at state legal aid websites, and these interactive forms are available to low-income individuals, as explained by Legal Aid Network of Kentucky. A free divorce settlement agreement is available for printing at RocketLawyer's website contingent upon acceptance of a free trial offer.Full Answer >
Filing for divorce requires asking the courts for a final dissolution of the marriage, while a legal separation does not put an end to the marriage, according to Cathy Meyer for About.com. A legal separation allows couples to remain married while living separately.Full Answer >
Free divorce records are found either online or by going to the clerk’s office for the court that granted the divorce. Viewing the records may be free; however, the court may charge a fee for providing copies of the records, according to the National Center for State Courts.Full Answer >
Free legal forms are available to copy, download or print on sites such as the 'Lectric Law Library, FreeLegalForms.net, USLegal and LegalDocs.com. Docracy offers customizable legal documents and allows users to manage contract negotiations, document updates and final signing through its system online.Full Answer >