Use Your Public Libraries
Local public libraries are a frequently overlooked resource for people in legal difficulties. The chances are that library staff will have helped someone in a similar situation before, and that they can set you off on the right track. Librarians are professionals at finding information, and in today’s world they can tell you about both online and book resources. For a directory of local libraries click here.
As a mediator, I especially welcome clients who have read and thought about what they are going through. Preparation can make the mediation more productive, and perhaps save time and reduce costs.
Even in an online world, sometimes it is often easier to browse a book. Almost every public library has a copy of the State of Colorado Statutes, and they usually have some books on other areas of the law, especially family law. Local libraries can be especially rich in self-help resources that can give you insight into the emotional side of family transitions.
Specifically on parenting issues, local libraries can have a rich collection of information. A book that I especially recommend is Parenting Plans for Families After Divorce by Joan H. McWilliams. There are many good books on this topic, but this is the only one that I know is written by a Colorado based lawyer and mediator.
If you ask a legal question that stumps your local librarian, you have other options. The Colorado Supreme Court Library allows contact by phone and email. If you are in the Denver or Boulder area, you have a choice of two law libraries that you can visit in person, these being the Colorado Supreme Court in Denver and the CU Law School in Boulder. I have put links to these below.