Salvation Army, LAD conduct child support help program

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Participating in the child support help program were (front row, left to right) Robert J. Colombo Jr., chief judge of Wayne County’s Third Circuit Court; Zenell B. Brown, executive administrator of the court; Kathleen M. McCarthy, presiding judge of the court’s Family Division; and Erin Lincoln, assistant friend of the court; along with (back row, left to right)  Lt. Tim Harris of the Wayne County Sheriff's Department; Kent Weichmann, friend of the court; Lyn Yeager, attorney with Legal Aid and Defender Association's Civil Law Group; Rich Lynch, general counsel, Third Circuit Court; and Dave Marsh, retired friend of the court.


Photo by John Meiu

 The Salvation Army William Booth Legal Clinic and Legal Aid and Defender Association, Inc. (LAD) conducted a child support help program on Saturday, April 18 at the Detroit Public Library.

 Attendees could learn how to check their child support accounts on line, seek appropriate child support reductions and modifications, and consult with volunteer attorneys.

The program was one of a series of “Everyday Legal Issues Seminars” supported by various community agencies, including Wayne County Head Start, JVS Jewish Vocational Services, Detroit Head Start Fatherhood Initiative, Wayne County Friend of the Court, Abundant Children & Family Services Agency, Wayne County Mediation Center and Wayne County Community College District.

 Among those conducting the program were Robert J. Colombo Jr., chief judge of Wayne County’s Third Circuit Court; Kathleen M. McCarthy, presiding judge of the court’s Family Division; and Lyn A. Yeager, an attorney with LAD’s Civil Law Group who specializes in family law.

“We’re encouraging people with child support issues to come down and get some help and get their problems solved,” Colombo said. “Nothing feels better than providing support for your child.”

“It’s especially important in Wayne County because we have so many children living below the poverty level,” Colombo said.

“This is our outreach program to provide people in Wayne County who need help with child support, custody and parenting time issues with an opportunity to speak with representatives of the various agencies to ensure success with their cases,” McCarthy said.