Monroe County, Indiana

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Legal Services for Low Income Parties


Monroe County Prosecutor Child Support Enforcement

Contact Information
214 W. 7th Street Suite 110
Bloomington, IN
812-349-2675

Services
Legal assistance in child support matters

Cost
Services are free for persons receiving TANF, Medicaid, Hoosier health wise benefits, and otherwise are $25


District 10 Pro Bono Project

Contact Information
Diane Walker

P.O. Box 8382 Bloomington, IN 47407-8382
812-339-3610
Phone intake 10 to 12 p.m. on Mondays; 2-5 p.m. on Thursdays

Services
Assists in the placement of cases with Pro Bono attorneys to provide legal assistance to people who could not otherwise afford it. A variety of cases accepted including family law, housing, credit issues, and public benefits.

Cost
Free for income eligible


District 10 Pro Bono Project Collaboration with Monroe Circuit Court - Counsel in the Court

Contact Information
Charlotte T. Zietlow Justice Center

301 N. College Ave.  
3rd floor Hallway
Bloomington, IN 47404

Services
Limited legal assistance available on a drop in basis:

  • Divorce and Family Law Issues:  Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Collection issues: Fridays from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Indiana Legal Services, Inc.

Contact Information
By Appointment Only - No walk-ins

College Square
214 S. College Avenue,
Second Floor
Bloomington, IN 47404
812-339-7668 or 1-800-822-4774

Cost
Free for income eligible

Application Process
Phone in:

  • Family Law intakes are Tuesdays from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm.
  • All other - Non Family Law issues: Tuesdays 1:30-3:30pm and Thursdays from 10 to 12:00 pm.
  • In emergency, an applicant may request expedited service when calling the main number.

Indiana University Children and Family Mediation Clinic

Contact Information
Ginnie Phero
By Appointment Only - No Walk-ins

211 S. Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, In. 47405
812-855-9229- appointments arranged by phone.

Clinical Professor
Professor Amy Applegate

Services
Mediation of divorce and some other family law matters

Cost
Reduced cost determined on incomes of each party


Indiana University Community Legal Clinic

Generally, only take cases in mid January and late August. By appointment only, no walk-in appointments.

Contact Information
Mailing Address - Indiana University
211 South Indiana Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405
812-855-9229

Clinic Coordinator
Ginnie Phero

Clinical Professor
Earl Singleton

Services
Legal services, primarily in the area of family law

Eligibility
Low income and Monroe County resident

Cost
No cost for income eligible, but client responsible for court fee


Indiana University Protective Order Project

Ways to Contact
Law School- Lower level room 010- on the corner of E. 3rd and Indiana Ave
Walk In hours Monday-Friday Noon-1:00pm and Monday-Thursday 5:30-6:30 p.m.

812-855-4800

Supervising Professor
IU Law School, Professor Seth Lahn


Indiana University Student Legal Services

Contact Information
400 E. 7th Street, Room 712
812-855-7867

Director
Stacee Williams

Eligibility and Cost
All IU Bloomington students who are currently enrolled and have paid student activity fee are eligible for services at no cost.

Services
Provide legal representation in most civil cases (including small claim, uncontested divorce, other) and advice in criminal matters.

Application Process
Students may fill out an intake form at getlegal.indiana.edu (preferred) or may “walk in” for application during weekday hours of 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Monroe County Family Court Program

Contact Information
Colleen McPhearson

Curry Building (next to Justice Building)
214 W. 7th Street
Bloomington, IN
812-349-2094

Services
Mediation and Facilitation to assist in custody and visitation issues

Application Process
Can be assigned by Court or individual can call direct

Eligibility
Serve those of reduced means on appropriate sliding fee scale


Protective Order Assistance Project

Contact Information
Charlotte T. Zietlow Justice Center
Office of the Monroe County Clerk

301 N. College Ave.
Room 201
Bloomington, Indiana 47404
812-349-2614

Hours
Walk-in only, no appointments
M-F 8:00am – 4:00pm
Closed all Monroe County Government Holidays

Services
Assistance for individuals seeking orders of protection from the court; filing petitions for protective orders; safety planning; referrals to community services. Protective order assistants do not give legal advice.

Eligibility
Individuals victimized by family violence, dating violence, sexual violence, or stalking.

Cost
Free


HELP Legal Aid Clinic and Government Benefit Clinic

Contact Information
620 South Walnut Street
Bloomington, IN
812-334-5728
812-330-1159
812-330-1175

Walk-In - Monday- Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Sponsoring Program
Shalom Center

Services Provided
Legal Clinic- Primarily civil matters, but can make referrals on criminal matters. Benefits Clinic- Questions regarding or assistance needed in applying for benefits such as food stamps, SSI, etc.


Justice Unlocked

Contact Information
PO Box 2058
Bloomington, IN 47402
812-269-8277

Service
General Civil Matters (Family Law, Landlord/Tenant, Small Claims, etc.) and Criminal (Misdemeanors only)

Eligibility
Income requirements - From 150% to 400% of Federal Poverty Level Guidelines

Cost
Sliding Scale, as low as $30 an hour based on income

Additional Information
Victim's Justice Program provides free legal services to victims of current Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, or Human Trafficking.

Contact Us

Lisa Abraham,
Court Administrator
Charlotte Zietlow Justice Center
301 N College Ave
Bloomington, IN 47404
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