The William Booth Legal Aid Clinic

Coleman A. Young Municipal Center
Two Woodward Avenue, 19
th floor, Room 1901, Detroit, Michigan 48226

Default Judgment of Divorce Clinic
Held Every 1 st Thursday of the Month

Doors open at 10:00 a.m. Parties must arrive by 11:30 a.m.

Attorneys from the Clinic help qualifying, low income, self-represented parties prepare all necessary court documents for Default Judgment of Divorce. Parties must bring valid photo Identification, all documents related to the case; including the Complaint for Divorce, Friend of the Court Final Recommendation (DM only), and Fee Waiver (if applicable).

Legal Aid Clinic
Held Every 2 nd & 3 rd Thursday of the Month 
12:00 p.m. to 
2:00 p.m.

Free help with divorce and Friend of the Court issues. Attorneys available to help qualifying low income self-represented parties prepare motion packets and forms. 

Please arrive early. First come, first served.

The Wayne County Legal Resources Consortium

Penobscot Building - SMART Detroit 13 th Floor 645 Griswold, Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 961-6120 
ext. 210
Held Every 4
th Thursday of the Month 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Local attorneys and support staff available to provide information and legal advice.

Michigan Legal Help Self-Help Centers

Wayne County
Penobscot Building - SMART Detroit 13th
Floor 645 Griswold, Suite 1300, Detroit, MI 48226

Monday through Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Southwest Detroit
Family Alliance for Change
(Spanish/English) 3627 W. Vernor, Detroit, MI 48216 Mondays and Wednesdays
9:00 a.m. to 
3:00 p.m.

Self-Help Center staff are available to help you navigate this website which provides forms, instructions, and information you may use to assist you with your legal issues. This is a free resource for area residents who need to represent themselves in simple civil legal matters. The staff cannot provide legal advice. 


February 2016 
This Special Family Court Edition of the eNewsletter is a directory of the court programs and projects that are available to assist with Wayne County Family Court issues.  Please print, tweet, share, and post this edition to share with friends, families, clients, and customers.  The Third Circuit Court thanks its employees, volunteers, and community partners whose efforts make these programs and projects possible.

The Michigan Legal Help Self-Help Center

The Michigan Legal Help Self-Help Center of Wayne County held its third annual stakeholders meeting on January 22, 2016 in the Smart Detroit Seminar Room in the Penobscot Building.  The mission of the Michigan Legal Help Self-Help Center of Wayne County ("SHC") is to help Michigan residents who cannot afford an attorney solve their civil legal problems.  SHC offers free and accurate legal information.  Pamela Copeland, the Center's Navigator, shared impressive statistics with the attendees:   2,868 individuals visited the SHC in 2015, o ver 1,800 people came in with divorce issues, 423 people came in with custody issues, and 287 people came in with child support issues.  Over 1,000 individuals completed automated online interviews at the SHC in 2015.
The SCH offers help with Family, Protection from Abuse (PPO), Housing, Consumer, Expungement, Employment, Estates and Guardianships.  Third Circuit Court, the Wayne County Clerk's Office, the Salvation Army's William Booth Legal Aid Clinic, and the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association are stakeholders who have played a key role in the success of the SHC.  The SHC is funded in part by a State Bar of Michigan Foundation's grant to ensure access to justice for all and is open Monday - Thursday form 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and is housed in Smart Detroit on the 13 th floor of the Penobscot Building, 645 Griswold, Detroit, MI 48226.  Services are also offered at , and the Michigan Legal Help (MLH) Legal Self-Help Center of Southwest Detroit, located at the Family Alliance for Change, 3627 W. Vernor, Detroit offers services in English and Spanish.

Family Alliance For Change

Save The Date

The Wayne County Friend of the Court Outreach Initiatives

Walk-In Friend of the Court Assistance

Receive information and ask child support professionals questions regarding your Friend of the Court issues at the following locations:

UAW Region 1A Local 174
Rory L. Gamble, Regional Director 15140 Livernois, 
Detroit, MI 48238 
(313) 864-7878

Held Every 
1 st & 3 rd  Friday of the Month 
9:00 a.m. to  3:00 p.m.

Arab Community Center for Economic & Social Services 6450 Maple Street, Dearborn, MI 48126
(313) 216-2200

Held Every 2 nd Friday of the Month
9:00 a.m. to 
3:00 p.m.

The Resource Network
11816 Jos Campau, Hamtramck, MI 48212 
(313) 365-3700

Held Every 3 rd Tuesday of the Month 
10:00 a.m. to  3:00 p.m.

Focus: HOPE
1200 Oakman Boulevard, Detroit, MI 48238 
(313) 494-4300

Held Every 4 th Wednesday of the Month 
9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Wayne County Child Support Help Program
Detroit Public Library
5201 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202
(313) 224-5300

Saturday, April 16, 2016 and 
Saturday, October 22, 2016 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Any updates to the schedule or location of these events will be posted at or parties may contact the Friend of the Court Call Center at 
(313) 224-5300