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

Case #22-0048607

Client seeks representation for an upcoming hearing, regarding her 16-year-old granddaughter. Client has a hearing on January 5, 2023 at 9:00 am before Judge Sulman; opposing party is the child’s mother and the father is listed as a codefendant. In August 2022, Client filed for sole legal and primary physical custody of her granddaughter because Child has lived with Client for the past year and Child says she is scared of her mother and no longer wants to visit her. Child alleges that during a visit with Mother, Child wet the bed, and Mother forced her face into the wet spot and made her clean it up. Child called DHS on Mother and an investigation was initiated. DHS made a home visit to Client’s house and determined her home was safe and Child could continue living there. In August-September 2022, Mother filed a contempt petition, a motion for expedited relief, and a motion for special relief stating that Client does not have standing. Despite a lack of custody order between the parties, the contempt hearing will take place on November 9, 2022. The motion for expedited relief was denied, and a hearing is scheduled on Client’s petition for custody on February 7, 2023 at 9:00 am before Judge Ford. Client’s goal is to obtain sole legal and primary physical custody. A volunteer is needed to represent client at one or both of the upcoming hearings.