Legal Assistance

These resources include information on legal aid for low income families, along with information on local public defenders.

  • Bureau of Child Support Enforcement

    The West Virginia Bureau for Child Support Enforcement establishes paternity and child support, and enforces support from a child’s parent. We also enforce court orders for spousal support, known as alimony.

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  • Family Court

    Family court judges hear cases involving divorce; annulment; separate maintenance; paternity; grandparent visitation; issues involving allocation of parental responsibility; and family support proceedings, except those incidental to child abuse and neglect proceedings. Family court judges also hold final hearings in domestic violence civil proceedings.

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  • Fayette County Public Defender

    The Fayette County Public Defender represents defendants who cannot afford an attorney. The Public Defender Office provides legal representation to individuals facing incarceration without the financial means to hire their own lawyer.

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  • Human Rights Commission

    The Human Rights Commission ensures that the WV Human Rights Act and the WV Fair Housing Act are being followed. The WV Human Rights Act protects against discrimination based on Race, Sex, Age, Color, Religion, National Origin, Ancestry and Disability. The WV Fair Housing Act protects against discrimination based on Race, Sex, Color, Religion, Disability, National Origin, Ancestry, and Familial Status.

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  • Legal Aid of WV

    With over 100 full-time staff in 12 offices, Legal Aid of West Virginia is the state’s primary provider of civil legal aid and advocacy services. Our mission is to ensure that the most vulnerable among us – low-income families, seniors, victims of domestic violence, the disabled – have an equal shot at justice, in the courtroom and in their communities.

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  • Mountain State Justice

    Mountain State Justice provides aggressive legal advocacy on behalf of low-income West Virginians to ensure access to the civil justice system for the vindication and protection of their rights.

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