As part of a relatively new program in the State of Nebraska, the District Court in Jefferson County was chosen to be part in a pilot program to educate people about divorce, and to aid them in filing for one.
Clerk of the District Court Shawna Taylor explained that Jefferson County was one of only two counties in the state chosen to take part in this program. Legal Aid of Nebraska is the group that made this program available.
“They help to walk people through the divorce paperwork if they want to represent themselves,” said Taylor. “It’s a free clinic, and everyone in the state can participate.”
This program is not a way to promote divorce, Taylor emphasized. This is just an opportunity for people to go through the process without having to hire an attorney.
The dates when these clinics will take place are Oct. 4, Nov. 15, Dec. 6 and Jan. 24. The clinics begin at 3 p.m. and are expected to end by 4:30 p.m. Taylor encourages people to contact her with any questions at 402-729-6807. People from all across Nebraska are welcome to attend these clinics.
Jefferson County also participated in this program last year, although with the retirement of District Court Judge Paul Korslund, they decided not to offer it until he was replaced. Now that District Court Judge Ricky Schreiner has assumed the role as District Court Judge in Jefferson County, Taylor explained that they decided to offer the program again.
Through these clinics, people can learn about the grounds for a divorce, how to fill out the paperwork, and how to prepare to appear in court. Taylor stated that the only thing people need to bring are the Nebraska Supreme Court’s Self-Help Simple Divorce forms, which are different if there are children involved and if there are no children involved.