County of San Luis Obispo Old Courthouse
County of San Luis Obispo Old Courthouse

Community Law Day Provides Priceless Resources to the Public

Author: Department of Child Support Services
Date: 5/4/2018 3:22:20 PM

SLO County residents got a closer look at their local legal system at the annual Community Law Day event in May.


SLO County residents got a closer look at their local legal system at the annual Community Law Day event in May.

The County Department of Child Support Services joined forces with the San Luis Obispo Superior Court Family Law Facilitator (FLF) to support the Community Law Day event held on May 1, 2018. Dozens of people attended the event at the County of San Luis Obispo Superior Courthouse.

The department was among 14 other agencies who provided various legal services for the public that day. The San Luis Obispo County Law Library, San Luis Obispo Superior Court Family Law Facilitator, Court Clerk’s Office (Criminal and Civil Division), Jury Services & Grand Jury, SLO Legal Assistance Foundation (SLOLAF), Lawyer Referral & Information Service (LRIS), California Rural Legal Assistance (CRLA), 211, Victim Witness Assistance Center, Low Income Taxpayer Center Wilshire Creative Mediation, Stand Strong, and RISE were all there providing information and services to the public.

“Having so many different agencies working together to help the public become informed is invaluable,” said Heidi Thiebaud, a Family Support Officer with the County Department of Child Support Services. “I am fortunate that I was part of Family Law Night and able to network with others who provide services.”

Community Law Day occurs on May 1 every year to celebrate the role of law in our society and to cultivate a deeper understanding of the legal profession. Those who attended received legal resource materials and information, enjoyed tours of the County Courthouse and Law Library, heard special presentations from local judges about various laws, and even had the opportunity to ask local lawyers general legal questions.

“This was a great opportunity for the public to gain valuable information to assist them in navigating to the appropriate legal contact. Child Support Services was grateful for the opportunity to support our community partners and educate our constituents about the services we provide,” said Christine Johnson, the Assistant Director for the County Department of Child Support Services. “We value our partnerships and the efforts each agency provides in serving the community to enrich the lives of others.”

DCSS staff

The County Department of Child Support Services is responsible for establishing child support and parentage orders, enforcing and modifying child support orders, collecting the support and distributing the money to families. The department does not address custody or visitation issues or provide legal advice, but will refer customers to the appropriate resource such as the FLF or LRIS.

Child support services are available for any parent or guardian of a child who needs assistance in establishing, modifying or enforcing an order. To help, the County Department of Child Support Services can also enforce existing orders established through a divorce or established in another State or County.

For more information, please contact the department through our website or call 866-901-3212. Visitors are welcome during office hours between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., at 1200 Monterey Street, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401.

President Dwight Eisenhower established the first Law Day on February 3, 1958 to mark the nation's commitment to the rule of law. In 1961, Congress issued a joint resolution designating May 1 as the official date for celebrating

 

Law Day. Every president since then has issued a Law Day proclamation on May 1 to celebrate the nation's commitment to the rule of law.