The primary resource in such cases is Metro Volunteer Lawyers (“MVL”), a non-profit entity that provides free legal services for indigent or low-income people in the Denver Metropolitan Area, which is the counties of Denver, Adams, Arapahoe, Jefferson, Douglas and Elbert Counties. MVL provides family law services, and in some cases bankruptcy, insurance, wills and guardianship.
MVL provides free or low-cost services for divorce or for allocation of parental responsibilities to residents of the metropolitan Denver area who qualify because they are indigent or low-income. Generally, those applying for such services have to state that the level of their income and then MVL will determine whether they qualify for free or low-cost services. MVL has family law clinics for divorcing parties in Adams, Arapahoe, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Elbert, Gilpin, and Jefferson counties.
The number to call for intake of MVL is (303) 837-1313. The web site is at http://www.metrovolunteerlawyers.org/.
In addition, Metropolitan Lawyer Referral Service provides low-cost legal services for middle-income people. Their number is (303) 831-8000, and it is manned weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a nominal cost for the first appointment ($35 for a half hour).
Another free resource is Lawline 9, which is the Channel 9 free legal services line, manned from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays. Callers can ask any questions about any legal subject.
Child Support Enforcement is generally through the Department of Human Services in each county. There is a list of contact numbers for each Department of Human Services at www.cdhs.state.co.us. There is usually a processing fee, often of about $25, for the processing of the paperwork in Child Support Enforcement cases.