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Case Type Custody Skills Developed Client Interviewing/Courtroom Experience/Negotiation

Case #20-0045428

Client seeks representation for a custody hearing involving her 14-year-old goddaughter. A September 2019 custody order granted primary physical custody to child’s great aunt and great uncle; and granted client, and child’s paternal grandmother (PGM), partial physical custody. Client and PGM have alternating weekends with the child, while the great aunt and uncle have the child for the rest of the week. PGM, great aunt, and great uncle share legal custody. The child’s mother is deceased and her father is incarcerated. For the past eleven months, aunt and uncle have not allowed client, nor PGM, to see the child. Before the 2019 custody order, the child had voluntarily lived with client during the summer. Client also took the child to school and doctor’s appointments. In October 2019, great aunt, who is represented, filed a petition for clarification of the custody order. A semi-protracted hearing was initially scheduled for October 13, 2020 at 1:00 pm before Judge Ourania Papademetriou, but will be rescheduled due to recent court closures. A volunteer is needed to represent client at her rescheduled hearing.