A free legal divorce clinic was held on Aug. 18 at the King Public Library.
The clinic was targeted towards individuals who desired to obtain an absolute divorce and was web based, with the leader of the clinic, Greensboro attorney Letitia McGeough, video conferencing in.
The clinic was aimed at individuals that met the following criteria:
- Individuals who have resided in North Carolina for at least six months
- Individuals who have been separated from their spouse for at least 12 months
- Individuals that weren’t seeking alimony or spousal support
- Individuals that are not interested in having their property divided with their spouse
McGeough urged if participant’s situations were more complex, such as equitable division of assets, they should consult with a private attorney.
According to McGeough’s clinic, individuals who are interested in obtaining a divorce should obtain three essential documents: a complaint, a court action cover sheet, and a civil summons.
In order to file the forms, McGeough explained that there is a $225 filing fee, in addition to a $10 fee for individuals who desire to resume their maiden name or pre-marriage surname.
McGeough explained that the $225 filing fee can be waived if the plaintiff files a Petition to Sue as an Indigent and an Affidavit of Indigency.
McGeough also provided detailed information about serving a defendant with a copy of the complaint and summons, and the differences between receiving a clerk granted divorce versus a judge granted divorce.
“It’s helped me because the first time I went to a lawyer and now I know the process,” Gene Horton, a King resident, said, adding that his first marriage lasted for 25 years.
Following the instructional clinic, participants were allowed to ask questions about information pertaining to obtaining a divorce, but were urged to ask broad questions that would apply to everyone interested in obtaining a divorce.
“The clinics are helpful to the public in that we have reference sources, but it provides supplementary information for divorce and custody,” Ann Nichols, branch librarian, said.
The clinic was offered by Legal Aid of North Carolina, which is a nonprofit law firm that provides assistance to low-income individuals in terms of civil matters.
Upcoming clinics at the King Public Library include custody clinics on Sept. 13 at 2:30 p.m. and Health Care Power of Attorney and Living Wills on Oct. 25 at 2:30 p.m.
Aila Boyd may be reached at 336-415-2210.