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If you are in Shasta County and have limited resources to obtain a family law attorney, the Family Law Facilitator’s office has reopened with a new attorney at the helm.

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Those going through divorces, child-custody disputes or other family law matters again have a free resource inside Shasta County’s courthouse.

Shasta County Court Executive Officer Melissa Fowler-Bradley said that the Family Law Facilitator and Self Help Center program has been reopened in limited capacity since Labor Day.

The office has been closed since Aug. 11 because the attorney running the program was no longer available. Fowler-Bradley has said she retired, but Lizabeth Robison said Friday she’s since found new employment working out of the family law offices of Redding attorney Linda Seinturier.

The facilitator’s office has been in place for more than 10 years, and the self-help center has been in place for about six, Fowler-Bradley said.

The program has helped hundreds of people represent themselves in family law proceedings without having to hire an attorney.

Most attorneys charge upward of $200 an hour for their services.

There were 1,228 divorces filed in Shasta County during the 2008-09 fiscal year. It costs $355 to file a dissolution of marriage petition with the court, even without an attorney.

Without providing legal advice, the court’s program provides educational materials and forms for those wishing to get an uncontested divorce or to modify or set up child-support payments or claims.

Robison said that though she’s now a private attorney who charges for her services, she’s taken in a few of her longtime former clients free of charge.

“There’s just no way they could afford a private attorney,” Robison said.