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Natalie Anne Knowlton
The Utah Supreme Court has approved the development of a new program to help litigants navigate the court system . A Supreme Court Task Force established to examine the issue recommended that Limited Paralegal Practitioners (LPPs) be authorized to assist clients with filling out legal forms and preparing settlements,...
Natalie Anne Knowlton
In 2013, the Colorado Judicial Branch created the Self-Represented Litigant Coordinator (Sherlock) program. The Sherlocks , operating in courthouses in each of Colorado’s judicial districts, assist litigants with information on court procedures, forms, and resources offered by the court and outside organizations...
Guest Post
Susan E. Carparelli
So often when parents begin the process of separation and divorce they feel vulnerable and uncertain about how to proceed. Their greatest fear is the potential of harm to their children. The Center for Out of Court Divorce – Denver (COCD or Center) offers parents a proven way forward that is designed to reduce...
Natalie Anne Knowlton
In the Jefferson County District Courthouse in Golden, Colorado, family law self-represented litigants in court on post-decree matters have a new resource available to them. The Turelli Foundation, formed by retired Judge Richard Turelli and retired family law attorney Randy Mustain-Wood, has developed a process for...
Janice Davidson
Natalie Anne Knowlton
Honoring Families recently convened a diverse cross-section of the national family law bar, with the goal of identifying and discussing improvements to the system that would allow all practitioners to better serve clients and children. Part of the DIAALOGUES series of convenings at IAALS, the Family Bar Summit:...
Natalie Anne Knowlton
The ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services has published an issue paper exploring the development of new categories of judicially-authorized-and-regulated legal services providers. The Commission is seeking comments on: Whether the concept and definition of “legal services providers” should include non-lawyers...
Hunter Metcalf
In a recent amicus brief to the Alaska Supreme Court, the American Bar Association (ABA) argues that the Alaskan Constitution requires appointment of counsel to an indigent parent in a child custody case when a private lawyer represents the other party. In a 1979 decision relying on Alaska’s due process guarantees,...

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