The clinic offers Legal Assistance to clients living in East Tennessee who need legal advice concerning a family law matter, but can’t afford an attorney. Topics include Divorce, Access & Visitation, Temporary Custody, Parenting Plans, Parental Rights, Child Support, Paternity, and similar issues.
For information & to register please call (865) 535‑0037. There are no provisions for child care at the clinics, so please do not bring children with you. You must be registered and have an appointment to attend. The Center’s legal clinic works like a teaching hospital. Attorneys work with third year law students and paralegals to provide clients with advice and drafting of legal documents.
Services are provided under a predefined and limited scope of representation. Cases are screened for domestic violence, complex or unreported legal issues, and the underlying needs of the family. Participants are given a short orientation to the family court system including an explanation of their rights and responsibilities within the system prior to meeting with an attorney.
When appropriate, cases are referred from the clinic directly to an education seminar and/or mediation. An attorney may offer additional legal assistance after the clinic—if appropriate—on a case by case basis. Please note: attorneys only provide assistance on family law matters. We do not handle other types of cases through the clinic.
Clients who qualify based on household income and the type of case may obtain additional assistance beyond the initial clinic visit. All clients must complete a clinic intake before speaking with an attorney.
Upcoming Clinic dates are: January 20th, February 18th, March 18, 2017.