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Paralegal Studies

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Margaret Phillips


My poster will be based on the paralegal service learning class where I am working with the Volunteer Lawyers Project at the Erie County help desk doing intake. Along with my personal experience working and a few details about the intake process, I will be explaining domestic violence statistics and how the conviction can effect many other family court cases. For example. there are common misconceptions that domestic violence is a complete bar for obtaining custody or visitation rights, even though there is a lot more criteria considered to determine this. Also, the different child support collection options when domestic violence is the source of incarceration which stops the ability to be able to pay are an example of the effects criminal consequences of domestic violence has on family court matters.