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Case Type Custody Skills Developed Client Interviewing/Counsel and Advice/Courtroom Experience/Negotiation

Case #20-0044838

Client, whose two-year-old son has hemophilia, seeks representation for a custody hearing that will be rescheduled when courts open. The opposing party is the child’s paternal grandmother. The current custody order from May 2019, gives client sole legal custody and partial physical custody, while paternal grandmother has primary physical custody. Client is with child on the weekends, and paternal grandmother is with him during the week. Paternal grandmother sometimes refuses to participate in the custody exchange and will not drop off child to client on the weekends. Child’s father, who was incarcerated during the majority of child’s life, was recently released in January 2020. According to client, father is not interested in obtaining custody. In October 2019, client filed a petition to modify custody requesting primary physical custody. Client wishes to have child from Monday through Friday and for the paternal grandmother to have him on weekends. A volunteer is needed to represent client at her upcoming custody hearing before Judge Michael Fanning. Client understands that representation may be limited to the upcoming court dates, and she is willing to sign a pro se entry of appearance when the agreed upon representation is complete.