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I desperately need some advice regarding cross state child support. I am a single mom and can't seem to make it to an actual on site clinic. I simply need to write out my story via email, and get some advice from a lawyer who deals with family law. Does anyone know of a lawyer who does a little pro bono work for people in need who might be able to advice me? Thank you! mom in need
Re: asking for legal advice on BPN
As a family law attorney and mediator, I want to higlight the ''Note from the Moderator'' regarding legal issues on BPN. The moderator states: ''Nothing in the digest should be construed as legal advice.'' While it is tempting to seek advice from BPN on legal issues, I have seen inaccurate and misleading advice given by lay people and professionals (non-lawyers) all to often. In fact, only licensed attorneys are allowed to provide legal adivce. In addition, each case is different, and there are many variables that must be taken into account when trying to ''guess'' as to how the court will rule on your specific family law issue.
I encourage folks to check out a few reputable websites for general legal information:
I am looking for a divorce lawyer to help a friend who is a
SAHM with no income.
Some quick facts:
- Her husband left her while she was pregnant and went to work in China for an American company(even though there are many jobs here he could have taken he claims he couldn't find a job)
- He has always been verbally and mentally abusive to my friend and talks down about her to me (I IM with him on a regular basis but he doesn't know I know what's going on)
- Their son who is now a year old was born full term but had a long NICU stay and continues to have many issues.
- When he comes to visit he gets upset that the baby cries b/c he is constipated or sick and hits him and tells him to shut up
- Since moving to China he has not sent her a penny and has all his money in a bank in China
- She is living off her savings and some money her mother has given her
- He has access to her accounts and questions anything she buys or why money has been taken out
- He is threatening to take the baby away from her and take him to China and hire 2 full time nannies who he says will do a better job taking care of him than she does
- Her English is shaky and she is shy and he is taking advantage of this-trying to keep her down and keeping her in a constant state of being scared that he will take her son
Can any help me find someone who is low/no cost (or will accept payment after she gets money from her husband) that might be able to help her? Appreciate any help
I am a single mom currently looking for work and in the the dual process of applying for calworks (foodstamps, childcare,transportation etc.) and filing for legal ''custody and support''. My husband (who moved in with his parents two years ago) works full time (he earns about 28,000 a year) and gives us health insurance (through his job) and $400.00 per month. He spends time with our five year old son on the weekends (from 11am to 4pm on Saturday and Sunday) but otherwise I do all the child care (I buy food, clothes, toys etc., deal with teachers and doctors and have made the only home he's ever known.) My son has never spent the night away from me. I have not taken legal action before now because my husband is being treated for alcoholism, and I have been afraid of joint custody and/or losing my health insurance. I keep hearing ''you get what you pay for'' in terms of legal rep., but I am forced to rely on free legal advice (family court facilitators etc..) Has anyone had experience with these services or with pursuing custody and support while forced to rely on welfare? I know this is not the forum for such a question, that most reading this have no experience with our type of circumstances, but maybe someone out there has experience which can help me. Any advice or rec. regarding free legal services or what my rights are in this situation would be most appreciated. anon.
I am an attorney and can tell you frankly that the qualifications of a lawyer cannot be reflected by their hourly rate. I have had cases against low paid non profit attorneys who were superb as well as high priced large firm attorneys (who by the way, mostly delegate the cases to 2 year associates) were not very good . For your situation I would recommend you ideally obtain an attorney who has been certified as a ''Family Law Specialist''. These are attorneys who, in addition to passing the bar, have focused their practice in family law and obtained additional certification for it. I would also ask how many cases they have taken to trial and mediations they have participated in. You are as entitled to an experienced qualified lawyer as Elizabeth Taylor, it just may take a wee more work. Investigating your prospective attorney is important. Google their name and check the State Bar for any licensing problems. Good luck. Lori
Hi, I need a lawyer who would help me in my divorce and does not asking alot because I don't have money. Until January 2002, when I filed a divorce, we lived seperately. I wanted to do divorce by myself but it is getting more difficult for me. He is responded on the last day; I did preliminary declaration of assets, etc. He did not responded, asked me for more time. Then he told me that it is difficult for him to do it and is getting a lawyer to do it. I don't know what to do now. Please tell me a person who would help me with a low fee or none. My salary is not much here. Thank you.
I can't recommend an attorney but want to address your questions about
alternatives and bypassing the lawyers. First, I suggest you check out the
Nolo Press website section on divorce at
/www.nolo.com/encyclopedia/div_ency.html?t=001A0000011011999 . It
will help answer many of your questions. Nolo sells do-it-yourself books
that are sufficient to do a very simple divorce. But before going that
route, bear in mind the following important issues:
1) Finality of the divorce: many do-it-yourself divorcing couples fail to follow through on the paperwork needed to finalize a divorce. Initially you get what is called an interlocutory (i.e., while the legal action is pending) decree of divorce. You have to go back to court six months later to get a final decree or your divorce never legally occurs -- this can cause major hassles down the road if one spouse remarries.
2) If there are children involved, custody becomes an issue. Even if you think you and the other parent will always be able to handle these issues, things change. Get advice. There are many issues you wouldn't think of, such as whether the custodial parent will be able to move out of state later with the children, what visitation rights a parent who moves away will have, and many more.
3) Property division: Many people assume they have no property worth dividing. This may or may not be true. Equity in a house? Pension benefits? Potential patent/intellectual property rights? Stock in a start up?
4) Tax issues. There are tax implications and special (potentially favorable) rules applicable to the division of property in a dissolution. There are also deductibility issues relating to child custody -- who gets the exemption for the child, for example. Tim
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