For those of you that are looking into filing for divorce in Kalispell or the surrounding areas of Columbia Falls, Whitefish, Bigfork, Libby or Polson, there are a number of local resources that may help you get the ball rolling.
1. Montana Legal Services Association
The Montana Legal Services Association Helpline is a great option for low-income people living in Montana. You can call between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Monday through Friday; or 9:15 a.m. through 12:45 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information on the Helpline visit http://www.montanalawhelp.org/Program/575/RTF1.cfm?pagename=helplinecall
For those Kalispell natives thinking about handling their divorce on their own, MontanaLawHelp.org offers free fill-in-the-blank dissolution and parenting plan forms. While I highly recommend all people looking into filing for a dissolution or parenting plan at least meet with an attorney to discuss their legal options, the Montana Law Help forms can keep the overall cost of your divorce down.
3. Flathead County Self-Help Law Center – Kalispell, Montana
If you are able to visit the Flathead County Justice Center in Kalispell, you can find the Self-Help Law Center on the third floor. The Self-Help Law Center is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Kandy Satterle is the resource officer on staff and can help you locate the documents needed to file on your own.
4. State Law Library of Montana
Sample dissolution and parenting plan forms are also available online at the State Law Library of Montana website. http://courts.mt.gov/library/topic/default.mcpx