Appalachian Research and Defense Fund of Kentucky, better known as AppalReD Legal Aid held a “do-it-yourself Divorce Clinic” at Union College on Tuesday, June 25.
The three-hour workshop was free and provided civil legal help for people who could not otherwise afford a private attorney and was designed for those who already have an agreement with their spouses on the entire divorce settlement.
“Clients turn to AppalReD for civil legal problems that threaten their physical and economic well-being,” said Dana Branham, the Pro Bono Program Assistant of the legal group.
She said the clinic’s main focus was to help the people of Knox County fill-out the necessary paperwork required to file for an uncontested divorce in the Commonwealth.
There was a notary on-site to notarize all required documents, and at the end of the clinic, all clients had a completed set of paperwork ready for filing with the county clerk.
AppalReD is the only organization in eastern and south-central Kentucky that provides legal services free of charge. Those assisted included the elderly, children, victims of domestic violence, and other vulnerable groups.
AppalReD began in 1970 and had three operating offices in Prestonsburg, Barbourville, and on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington.
The non-profit organization now serves 37 eastern and south-central Kentucky counties, and today has six offices throughout the region.
Upcoming Divorce Clinics will be hosted by AppalReD Legal Aid at the Pike County Extension Office on July 12, in Richmond on July 16, and at the Perry County Public Library July 24.