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What kind of Family Law Senior Legal Services are available at the Justice Resource Center?

What Kind of Family Services are Available At the Justice Resource Center?

Family law-related services are available at the Family Law Section of the Justice Resource Center (JRC). The Family Law section was created to assist visitors who wish to represent themselves in domestic legal matters and/ or educate themselves about domestic issues. The members of the staff working at the Justice Resource Center and within the Family Law Section are not attorneys and therefore are not permitted to offer you legal advice or answer your legal questions. Please consult with an attorney for legal advice and to obtain answers to your legal questions. You can also visit the Schedule an Appointment section of the website, or call 404.612.2789 to schedule a 30-minute consultation session with a lawyer. There may be a nominal fee required.

The Senior Legal Services Program provides Georgians age 60 or older, and their respective caregivers, free legal advice on such matters as health, probate, estate planning, consumer disputes, debt collection, and nursing home resident rights. As it relates to respective caregivers, this service is only available to caregivers who are working on behalf of a senior.

The Justice Resource Center (JRC) uses the services of contract attorneys who, on an appointment basis, provide senior Georgians with a 30-minute consultation and referrals for civil matters. The Senior Legal Services Program is only available to individuals who do not currently have legal counsel. You can visit the Schedule an Appointment section of the website, or call 404.612.4544 to schedule a 30-minute consultation session with a lawyer.

Click the link below to view a recorded information session about the Justice Resource Center Senior Legal Services Program.

Family Law

Visitors to the Justice Resource Center’s Family Law section are able to obtain legal forms or information on a variety of family law matters to include paternity establishment, legitimation, custody, visitation, child support, annulment, and divorce. The JRC provides computer systems to complete the child support worksheets.

The Family Law section has legal forms and packets with instructions available to assist with the following family law matters:

  • Divorce

  • Name Change

  • Legitimation

  • Contempt

  • Child Support Modification

  • Visitation

  • Separation Agreement

Other forms are available to assist with your family law case:

  • Acknowledgement of Service

  • Poverty Affidavit

  • Rule Nisi

  • Affidavit of Diligent Search

Please visit LEGAL FORMS AND INSTRUCTIONS  to access and print family division forms and packets online (there is no charge to access). For assistance with locating your forms please call 404-612-2789.

However, please note that there is a $5.00 fee for most forms and packets obtained from the Family Law Section of the Justice Resource Center to cover reproduction costs. The cost of copies is fifteen cents per page.

The Family Law Section of the Justice Resource Center uses the services of contract attorneys who, on an appointment basis, provide 30 minutes of consultation on domestic legal matters for a nominal fee. The service is available only to individuals who do not currently have legal counsel, and advice may not be provided to anyone when it has been determined that there is a legal conflict.

You can visit the Schedule an Appointment section of the website, or call 404.612.2789 to schedule a 30 minute consultation session with a lawyer.

The Senior Legal Services Program provides attorney consultations on such matters as Social Security, Medicare, home ownership, deeds, property taxes, and probate. This service is only available to Georgians age 60 and older and their caregivers. You can visit the Schedule an Appointment section of the website, or call 404.612.4544 to schedule a consultation session with a lawyer.

Please visit the Business Center of the Justice Resource Center to have your Family Law documents notarized. The Business Center offers notarization of family law documents for free. However, notary services are not available for other types of documents. The Business Center is a self-service location for printing and copying. Payment for printing and copying can be made by cash, coin, debit card, or credit card.

Navigating the legal system can be extremely difficult and confusing. Each case is individualized by its own set of facts; however, there are some basic rules that all cases must follow which this workshop will address. No workshop can teach everything a litigant needs to know about representing him/herself in any legal action, but this workshop is designed to answer some of the basic questions about a divorce, contempt action, paternity, legitimation, and modification actions:

  • What information do I need in order to file?

  • Are there mandatory forms that I need?

  • How do I schedule my case for a hearing?

  • What are the operating procedures of the Court?

In addition, some individuals do not have the desire or ability to hire a lawyer to represent them in a traditional fashion, but they may need legal help with a particular issue or portion of their case. Participants of the workshop will be given a list of attorneys who will offer specific, limited legal services at set rates.

There is no cost for the seminar but participants are asked to register in advance.

Click here for more information and to access the registration page. You may also call the Justice Resource Center at 404-612-2789.

The Fulton County Courts Justice Resource Center in partnership with Atlanta Legal Aid Society are pleased to announce the return of the in-person Family Law Clinic. The free monthly clinic is designed to address the growing need for legal assistance for the self-represented litigant in family court. The JRC Family Law Clinic will provide legal services to citizens involved in family court matters. 

Under the direction of Michelle Jordan, Managing Attorney, Atlanta Legal Aid Society attorneys will provide self-represented litigants with brief legal advice and assist them as time permits with paperwork for such matters as simple divorce, modification of child custody, child support, name change, legitimation, and other family court matters. Copies of legal form packets are available within the Justice Resource Center. Citizens must pay for copies of legal form packets. Legal form packets are free to download on the Justice Resource Center website.

Beginning Friday January 26, 2024, the clinic will be held on the last Friday of every month from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the Fulton County Courts Justice Resource Center conference room.

Location: Justice Center Tower (J1 Building)
                 7th Floor Suite J1-7001
                 185 Central Avenue, SW
                 Atlanta, Georgia 30303

The JRC Family Law Clinic will provide legal assistance to the first fifty (50) citizens who sign up in person between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. on the scheduled day of the clinic.     

JRC Family Law Clinic 2024 Schedule (Clinic dates are subject to change)

Friday January 26, 2024
Friday February 23, 2024
Friday March 22, 2024
Friday April 26, 2024
Friday May 24, 2024
Friday June 28, 2024
Friday July 26, 2024
Friday August 30, 2024
Friday September 27, 2024
Friday October 25, 2024
Friday November 22, 2024
Friday December 20, 2024

If you are 18 years of age or older and you are the victim of family violence, you can file a petition for a Temporary Protective Order. If you are under 18 and you are the victim of violence, you must find someone who is 18 years of age or older to file the petition for you.

A person can apply for a Temporary Protective Order (TPO) at the following location:

Fulton County Superior Court

THE ONE STOP!

Administrative Office Address:

136 Pryor Street, S.W.

8th Floor, Suite C-826

Atlanta, Georgia 30303

Email : Familydivision@fultoncountyga.gov.

Office Number: 404-613-4579

Fax Number: 404-612-5582

External Resources

These external websites can provide additional resources on Family Violence related information.