Free Legal Clinics

The SelfServe Center offers legal clinics at no cost regarding matters of Divorce, Child Custody/Visitation and Custody Trial preparation. These clinics help customers navigate the filing process and answer general questions about the subsequent procedures of their legal issues. They helps pro se litigants better understand the legal system, their obligations, and what to expect in the courtroom.

Clinics in English are scheduled once a month from 9:30 – 10:30AM in the courthouse. For those who are unable to attend clinics at the courthouse during the day, students at the Charlotte School of Law host clinics on Custody and Divorce from 6:00-7:00PM. Additionally, Divorce and Custody Clinics are offered at the Law School on Saturdays at 10:00-11:00AM. Clinics in Spanish are scheduled on Mondays either from 5:00-6:00PM or 6:00-7:00PM and are offered by La Coalición Latinoamericana.

Although the clinics are free of charge, we ask that you register at least 24 hours in advance by:

  • Calling the SelfServe Center at 704-686-0210
  • Submitting the appropriate registration form by fax 704-686-0214 (the registration form only please)
  • Turning in the appropriate registration form at the SelfServe Center.

Absolute Divorce

This clinic is offered to pro se litigants who are beginning the Divorce process. It will be hosted by an experienced staff member who will walk you line by line through the paperwork and can answer any general questions you may have regarding the divorce procedure. The clinic is offered in English and Spanish. English Registration Form – Clinic offered on the third or fourth Wednesday of each month 9:30-10:30AM

Spanish Registration Form / Formulario de Registro Español – Clinic offered on the first or second Monday of each month 6:00-7:00PM / Se atienden en el primer o segundo lunes de cada mes 6:00-7:00PM

Child Custody/Visitation

This clinic is designed for litigants who are beginning the Custody or Visitation process. An experienced staff member will host the clinic and walk you through completing the paperwork line by line. This clinic is offered in English and Spanish.

English Registration Form – Clinic offered on the second Thursday of each month 9:30-10:30AM.

Spanish Registration Form / Formulario de Registro Español – Clinic offered on the first or second Monday of each month 6:00-7:00PM / Se atienden en el primer o segundo lunes de cada mes 6:00-7:00PM

Custody Trial Preparation

This clinic is designed for only those that could not settle their dispute in mediation and are now going to trial. If you have not gone to mediation then you do not qualify for this clinic.

English Registration Form – Clinic offered on the third or fourth Wednesday of each month 12:30-1:30PM

Childcare

Free childcare will be provided by the staff and volunteers of the Larry King’s Clubhouse:  Children’s Play & Care Center.  However, there is a maximum of twenty-nine children that may be served. If there are already a maximum number of children pre-registered, your child(ren) will be placed on a waiting list.  To pre-register your child for care during the legal clinic, please contact the Clubhouse at 704-686-0285.