Justice In Balance

Family Law Information Center

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 with court forms and legal process. They do not give legal advice or serve as replacements for legal counsel.

Location: Portage County Courthouse- 2nd Floor

1516 Church Street, Stevens Point, WI 54481

Service Hours:
Monday-Friday 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Other hours by appointment: 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.

Additional links:

State Bar of Wisconsin Legal Explorer

Wisconsin Court System

Self-Help Center

Circuit Court Forms

Self-Help Web Sites

Wisconsin State Law Library Links to Divorce Topics

Wisconsin Legislative Reference Bureau Wis. Stat. ch.767