Legal Assistance Center Blog
Opportunity for Healthy Divorce
Unfortunately for many families, using the court to resolve disputes in divorce can make conflict worse rather than better. The court divorce process is “adversarial.” The spouses are set up as opponents and expected to “battle” to the end. Families and children can pay the price when living with conflict and bad feelings during and after the divorce. READ MORE
Why Legal “Notice”
When ordinary people use the courts, they find many things about the ways courts work puzzling. One of those things that just seems like a pain is in reality very important. That is the requirement that you give the other side “legal notice.” READ MORE
LAC Impact: A Father’s Simple Joy
On a beautiful West Michigan summer evening, a dad walks through the festival grounds with each hand holding tight to his two young daughters. Each girl is bouncing the way kids do at the sight of lights and balloons and hot dogs. They look up at their dad as they pull him along toward the next adventure. You can hear them “Daddy, Daddy … look Daddy … let’s go see!”
Across the crowd, the dad sees a familiar, friendly face. It’s the person from the LAC who helped him. Now pulling his daughters along, he goes over to say thank you. “You made this possible. I am so happy to have this time with my girls.” It turns out that the LAC helped him to get this parenting time with his daughters. As he walks away he shares, “I never could have done this without your help.”
And thanks to all of you who support the Legal Assistance Center. You made possible the simple joy of a dad walking hand in hand with his daughters on a sparkling summer night.
The Justice Gap
More and more people facing legal issues and problems can’t afford to hire a lawyer. Some people are able to get a free lawyer through legal aid, but not very many. That means there are many people with no choice but to try to solve legal problems and use the courts on their own. That is the Justice Gap. READ MORE
When You Get Something, Do Something!
It is human nature. When we don’t know what to do, we often do nothing. But when you are facing something legal, doing nothing almost always makes the situation worse. So, if someone delivers legal papers to you or something legal comes it the mail, do something right away. READ MORE