Albion’s Legal Advocates can provide emotional support and information to those who have experienced sexual or domestic violence and are navigating the criminal & civil justice systems. While staff are not attorneys, they are specially trained to answer questions about your rights, options, and each step of the legal process.
If you would like to speak to an advocate, call 812-422-9372 today.
Protective Orders, Divorce, & Child Custody/Support
Legal Advocates are trained to help in completing Protective Orders, Pro Se Paperwork, and Custody Agreement/Child Support arrangements or amendments.
Protective Orders are an available option for those experiencing domestic or sexual violence, human trafficking, and stalking, and are issued by a judge. Advocates respect the uniqueness of each clients journey and are prepared to provide you with information and support as you decide if a Protective Order is right for you.
Protective orders prohibit or restrict another person from engaging in certain conduct like:
- Threatening to commit or committing an act of violence against you
- Abusing, harassing, or contacting you or a member of your household
- Entering your property or workplace
- Damaging your property
Pro Se Paperwork
Pro se paperwork may be completed with the help of a legal advocate. Albion’s services are provided free of charge, but the clerk’s office charges a filing fee in divorce matters. Those in need of financial assistance may inquire with an advocate about the application to request the filing fee be waived.
While it is not required to have an attorney, hiring one in divorce proceedings that involve child custody issues or distribution of assets and debt is strongly recommended.
Custody Agreements & Child Support
Custody agreements and child support paperwork may be arranged or amended with the help of a legal advocate.
Attorney Referrals & Accompaniment
Hiring an attorney does not need to be an intimidating and overwhelming process. Albion can provide you with a list of attorneys who may be able to provide representation, as well as provide emotional support and serve as an extra set of ears at initial consultations and ongoing attorney meetings.
Legal Advocates are available to support you and act as a liaison between you and the Prosecutor’s Office. Once you have filed criminal charges concerning domestic or sexual violence, stalking, or human trafficking, we can accompany you to meetings with the prosecutor, depositions, witness conferences, and court hearings.
Providing explanation related to court processes, possible plea agreements, court dates/times/locations, sentencing outcomes, and the assurance you are kept informed of progress.