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Case #24-0055858

Adoptive mother needs counsel for a custody hearing scheduled for October 21, 2024, at 9:00 am before Judge Leanne Litwin, regarding her 13-year-old child. The opposing party is the child’s birth mother and Client’s former partner. Client and the opposing party had the child while in a same sex partnership; Client adopted the child soon after birth. The parties later separated and an October 2021 custody order granted Birth Mother primary physical custody and granted Client partial physical custody; the parties share legal custody. Client alleges that Birth Mother has long-standing history of emotional and verbal abuse toward the child. Client also alleges that this abuse is damaging the child’s mental health, causing them to self-harm. A December 2023 DHS investigation concluded without a finding of abuse. Clients goal is to obtain primary physical custody and sole legal custody of the child. A volunteer is needed to represent Client at the upcoming hearing.