Students in the paralegal program held a Family Law Forum on the Globe University-Moorhead campus. The class, under the tutelage of Attorney and Associate Dean of Education, Stacey Tronson, began to learn about so many local resources and wanted to share them with other students. They thought the best way to do that would be to hold a Family Law Forum and invite the local agencies and future and present students for an interactive session. The event was incredibly informative.
Family law is the area of law that deals with family-related and domestic matters such as marriage, adoption and surrogacy, child abuse, divorce, child custody, visitation, alimony, juvenile adjudication and paternity issues. With 40 percent of all marriages ending in divorce, this area of law is very active.
The agencies represented were:
- PATH has the mission of strengthening families through training, support and advocacy.
- The Village Family Service Center which provides counseling services, adoption services and child care. They also have family engagement programs and family based resources and therapists who deal with issues such as parent/child conflict, neglect, emotional/behavior problems and reunification of families in certain situations.
- Rainbow Bridge is a service of the Lakes and Prairie Community Action Center. Rainbow Bridge offers a positive, safe and child-friendly site where children and parents can be assured that a supervised visitation or exchange will be safe and conflict free.
- Trinity Mediation strives to resolve your legal disputes faster and less expensively than traditional litigation. Mediation is a process for resolving disputes to help parties reach a mutually satisfactory settlement.
- Ellis Law Office is a private firm working mainly with family law practice. They offer premier legal services and representation that families are entitled to.
The students were very pleased with how many questions were asked at the forum and the number of resources their fellow students and community members were able to learn about. It is definitely an event they would like to see other classes do in the future!