The Family Law Information Center (FLIC) assists litigants with family law issues who are unrepresented by legal counsel. The FLIC is staffed by community volunteers and JusticeWorks staff who are trained to help pro se litigants (those without a lawyer) with court forms and legal processes. They do not give legal advice or serve as replacements for legal counsel.
Service Hours: By Appointment
E-mail the FLIC Office at firstname.lastname@example.org
Call the JusticeWorks Office at 715-344-3677
The majority of divorces filed with the Clerk of Courts list no attorney for either party. In these cases, called pro se divorces, individual litigants represent themselves through critical family law proceedings without legal assistance. Portage County is not unusual in this circumstance; statewide court statistics demonstrate a dramatic increase in pro se proceedings. Family law proceedings involve complicated procedures and rules which can challenge even well trained lawyers. When individuals come to court unfamiliar with the process and unprepared, they are unable to provide complete and accurate information to the judge. This creates costly time burdens for the courts, and lessens the likelihood that the parties will receive an optimal result. The Family Law Information Center opened in 2007 to address these problems by providing pro se services to the residents of Central Wisconsin under the direction of the Family Court Commissioner and a justice system advisory committee.