Fulton County Superior Court Family Division has developed several modules in the I-CAN! format in order to make them available to self-represented litigants on the Family Division website. I-CAN! is an interactive web-based system designed to provide self-represented litigants with convenient access to vital legal services. I-CAN! modules create properly formatted pleadings and provide litigants with information on the steps needed to pursue a legal action. Funds for the project were received through a grant from the Administrative Office of the Courts.

The I-CAN! program uses a video guide to take users through a series of questions, the answers to which are used to populate the appropriate legal form. I-CAN! facilitates the completion and filing of forms for a variety of domestic legal matters. There are seven modules available on the Family Division website: Child Support/Visitation/Custody; Divorce; Annulment; Income Deduction; Name Change; Legitimation; and Answer and Counterclaim. There will be a Domestic Violence/Stalking module accessible on computer terminals in the Family Division One Stop for the use of petitioners who are seeking Temporary Protective Orders from domestic violence and stalking.

The modules are based on forms that are currently available on the Family Division website and in the Family Law Information Center. Those forms were developed with input from the Bar and the Family Division Judges and staff. All modules will be available in English and in Spanish. It is a requirement that the final printed forms be submitted in English.

Please call the Family Division at 404/224-0505 or the Family Law Information Center (FLIC) at 404/335-2789 if you have questions. I-CAN! provides assistance with completing legal forms based on the litigant’s responses. I-CAN! does not provide legal advice. For individuals who do need legal advice, FLIC offers one half hour of consultation with an attorney at no cost.

The I-CAN! system was developed by the Legal Aid Society of Orange County and was jointly sponsored by local, state and public agencies and private organizations including: Legal Services Corporation, Judicial Council of California, State Bar of California-Legal Services Trust Fund Commission, Superior Court–County of Orange, OCDA-Family Support Division, Orange County Public Library System, Disneyland, City of Irvine and City of Fullerton. I-CAN! was a recipient of the Judicial Council of California 2003 Ralph N. Kleps Award for innovative projects and received an award from the National Association for Court Management at its 2004 conference.

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SOURCE: Fulton County Superior Court Family Division