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

Case #20-0045046

Client seeks representation for a custody hearing that will be rescheduled when courts reopen, concerning his two-year-old son. No custody order existed between the parties until custody provisions were included in a recent temporary Protection from Abuse (PFA) order protecting client from the child’s mother. The PFA limits mother’s contact with child to supervised visits on Sundays from 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm. at Family Court. Mother was inconsistent with her visits before recent court closures, and she had not seen the child in the previous two months. The child’s mother filed a complaint for custody on January 9, 2020, seeking sole physical and legal custody citing client’s history of drug abuse and his physical abuse against her. She also has a temporary PFA against client. Client reports that he has been drug free for the past three years, and he denies all allegations of physical abuse. Client wishes to have sole physical and legal custody because he is concerned about his son’s safety due to mother’s physical abuse against client, her threats to client and client’s family, and her history of harming herself in front of the child. A volunteer is needed to represent client in court against mother, who is also represented. 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.