How a nonprofit is taking its legal services to the streets

Thanks to the efforts of its founder, a New Jersey-based nonprofit is literally going the extra mile to help its clients.

That’s because Project Child Support, which provides both custodial and noncustodial parents with child support services, rolled out its new mobile assistance center just a few weeks ago.

Here, the mobile assistance center is actually a recreational vehicle that has been converted into a sort of mobile office staffed by a full legal support team comprised of a family law attorney, paralegal, case assessment representative and law clerk.

Designed to provide “easy access” to low-income individuals dealing with child support issues, it will be parked out front of family court buildings throughout New York and New Jersey over the coming months. 

Project Child Support’s mobile assistance center will offer services gratis to those custodial parents who are unemployed, while those who are employed yet still facing fiscal challenges will pay a small fee. The services provided by this “one-stop shop” include assistance locating non-paying parents, filling out and filing legal documents, and handling pressing legal matters related to child support collection.

It’s important to note, however, that the mobile assistance center’s services are not just limited to custodial parents. Indeed, non-custodial parents will be able to secure courtroom representation for such important matters as petitioning the court for a reduction in child support due to a substantial change in circumstances.

“We need to serve a critical mass of people living in cities like Newark, and going mobile is the best way we can reach the people that really need us,” said the founder of Project Child Support.

Here’s hoping that the efforts of this nonprofit see continued success over the coming months and years …

Consider speaking with an experienced legal professional if you have questions or concerns regarding divorce or a divorce-related matter like child custody or child support.

Source: New, “Child support truck drives into Newark,” Jessica Mazzola, Aug. 25, 2014

Date Published: February 7, 2017

Written by: Cooper Levenson, P.A.

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