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Case Type Custody Skills Developed Client Interviewing/Courtroom Experience/Legal Drafting

Case #22-0048138

Client seeks representation at her upcoming custody hearing on March 30, 2023 at 9:00 AM before Judge Leanne Litwin regarding her 10-year-old son. Opposing party is the child’s father. Client filed for primary physical and sole legal custody in November 2021, then subsequently filed an emergency custody petition after Father beat Child with a belt. The emergency petition was denied. A July 2022 interim order granted Client sole physical and legal custody after Father failed to appear in court. Father then filed contempt and modification petitions in August 2022. A temporary order was issued in November 2022, granting shared physical and shared legal custody to Client and Father. Father has history of physical violence towards Child and Client, and verbal abuse of Client. Client alleges Father put Child in dangerous situations while drunk, including driving under the influence, and leaving the stove unattended. She further alleges that Father allows Child to watch pornography, and suspects that another adult in the house may have sexually abused Child. Father is represented. Client’s 2021 petition and both of Father’s August 2022 petitions have been consolidated to the March 30th hearing date. A volunteer is needed to represent Client at the hearing.