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Client/mother seeks assistance with a custody matter involving her 9 and 6-year old children. In March 2014, client and the children moved to Florida to escape abuse by the children’s father and live with maternal grandmother. Client and maternal grandmother have always had a contentious relationship, and, in May 2014, she kicked client out of her house. Client left the children with maternal grandmother while she moved to Philadelphia, with the understanding that she would retrieve the children once she found a place to live. In December 2014, the children came to live with client in Philadelphia against maternal grandmother’s wishes. In 2017, client allowed the children to spend the summer with maternal grandmother, who then filed for custody. The children’s father, who has never been involved in their lives, also filed for custody. Both father and maternal grandmother are represented. A temporary order from March 2019 gives father and maternal grandmother partial physical custody whenever they are in Philadelphia and weekly phone calls with the children, but neither party has visited the children. Client hopes to obtain sole physical and legal custody. A volunteer is needed to represent client at her upcoming hearing on November 15, 2019, at 9:00 am, before Judge Viktoria Kristiansson. Client understands that representation may be limited to the upcoming court date and has agreed to sign a pro se entry of appearance at the end of the scheduled hearing.

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