Attorneys set to offer out free household legislation suggestions

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (KKTV) – On Friday, learn more about how family law matters are handled in the court system.

The fifth annual Family Law Day takes place on July 16. Like last year, this year’s free event is virtual so people from across the Pikes Peak region can participate online.

“Family law issues can often be a daunting prospect for litigants,” said Sarah Lipka of Colorado Legal Services. “Legal assistance can be prohibitively expensive for some, making the assistance of a lawyer beyond the reach of many low- and middle-income residents in the region. Family Law Day is designed to help fill this access gap and give parishioners the opportunity to get the education, advice and support they need to tackle the toughest time of their lives. “

According to The Justice Center, 76 percent of people filing family law cases in the 4th District Court had no representation in 2017.

“This is a large proportion of the people who do not have access to legal assistance or counsel throughout their case,” said Britt Kwan, director of the Justice Center.

Family Law Day features informative videos and workshops on topics such as filing for divorce, the basics of child support and maintenance, parenting plans, enforcing a court order, and representing in court.

“So many of our customers get stuck, frustrated, and give up,” said Lisa Younger Anderson, a self-advocate litigation coordinator for the El Paso County Combined Courts. “Let them know that you are not frustrated. They don’t have a law degree and need the help, “and we will work with agencies, as we did with the justice center and attorneys, and to make sure we can help our clients get a fair result.”

All videos and workshops are scheduled to go live on Friday at 9 a.m., but you don’t need to watch them that day.

“Because this event is virtual, the nice thing about it is that we can keep these resources available for the entire week following the event. So it’s not just a limited window of time that people can access these tools, ”said Kwan.

In addition, lawyers are available to answer your family law questions on Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. During this time, call 719-473-6212 to speak to an attorney for free.

You can register for Family Law Day in advance or the day before by visiting For more information, send an email to [email protected]. Spanish interpreters are available.

I would also like to remind you that the Internal Revenue Service will start distributing the monthly child tax credits this week. Eligible families earn between $ 250 to $ 300 per month, depending on the age of their child, for a total of $ 3,000 to $ 3,600 per eligible child. Starting July 15, the IRS will pay half of the total credit amount as a monthly prepayment. You will claim the other half when you file your 2021 income tax return. More information is available at

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