LIFT’s mission is to enhance access to justice for children and families by providing legal information, community education, and compassionate guidance, while promoting system-wide reform of the courts and public agencies. For 25 years, LIFT has fulfilled that mission by providing family court-based assistance to pro se litigants, information through our legal helplines and through community-based outreach and support.
Family Legal Connection is an innovative new LIFT initiative to provide family court and family law legal information and advice to self-represented litigants outside of the court house and into communities throughout New York State. Family Legal Connection is a partnership between LIFT and Pro Bono Net through which technology will transform how and when legal assistance reaches those in need. Family Legal Connection will facilitate video conferencing and document sharing through which we can offer our in-depth services focusing on child support, custody, and visitation cases. Through Family Legal Connection, self-represented litigants will meet online with a volunteer attorney and obtain legal advice, along with all of the other types of guidance an in-person appointment would provide. Volunteer lawyers can provide services from their offices or other locations at times that are flexible or convenient for their schedule.
The goal of Family Legal Connection is to provide quality pro bono services to self-represented litigants who are proceeding without counsel through a complex and emotionally charged family court and family law process. By leveraging remote assistance technology and collaboration tools, Family Legal Connection connects experienced attorneys with pro se litigants to increase access to justice for families.