The Texas Supreme Court is looking at whether to create and authorize user-friendly divorce forms. Some say that taking this step would ensure low-income Texans would gain access to justice, but others argue it could put the courts in a tough predicament.
The Fort-Worth Star Telegram is reporting that on Friday the Texas Supreme Court Advisory Committee called a meeting to discuss the issue, in the meeting they reviewed recommendations from Solutions 2012, a task force who researched the issue.
The idea here was to help people who can’t afford a lawyer get access to the legal services they need.
“If the practice of law in Texas is to be reduced to set of check-the-box forms, and our judiciary is to become a network of do-it-yourself help centers, then it seems that the lawyers of this state ought to have input in that decision,” stated G. Thomas Vick, a Weatherford attorney and task force co-chairman.
Another concern is how to keep the forms current as the law is constantly changing and evolving.
“The state doesn’t have do-it-yourself divorce paperwork sanctioned by the Texas Supreme Court, but people often go online to find forms and try to figure out complicated family law on their own, Babcock said. The task force was created to try to find ways to help them.
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