October 14, 2013

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families provides new resources to help self-represented litigants modify their child support

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families and a group of partners have released a new online interactive software and instructional video for custodial and non-custodial parents wanting to modify their child support orders through the South Carolina Family Court. The website, modifychildsupportsc.com, includes instructional videos for both plaintiffs and defendants to learn to represent themselves in child support cases, as well as links to pertinent forms.

In recent years, as the economy has worsened and unemployment grown, more individuals need access to the court system to adjust child support orders in a timely manner. When individuals can not afford an attorney to represent them in court, they may chose to represent themselves in court as a self-represented litigant.
With this project, self-represented litigants can quickly and easily produce court-approved needed legal documents by following step-by-step directions and answering questions via easy-to-use online interactive software. Self-represented litigants are guided through a series of questions that help to automatically complete the required forms.

Self-represented litigants will also benefit from an instructional video that outlines the modification process into easily accessible modules. The training video guides self-represented litigants through the decisions to determine if a modification request is appropriate, things to consider in seeking a modification, the step-by-step process and forms and documents needed for each step, and what to expect in court. A copy of the instructions can also be downloaded.

The project is the result of a partnership between the South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families, South Carolina Legal Services, Integrated Child Support Services Division of the South Carolina Department of Social Services, South Carolina Access to Justice Commission, South Carolina Court Administration, and the South Carolina Bar Foundation. It was funded by a grant from the Federal Office of Child Support Enforcement. The group brought together many years of experience in child support, access to justice, family law and working with low-income parents.

The South Carolina Center for Fathers and Families is a ministry of the Sisters of Charity Health System.

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