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

Case #24-0055858

Urgent

Adoptive mother needs counsel for a custody hearing scheduled for April 23, 2024, at 10:45 am before Custody Hearing Officer, Taniesha Henry, 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. In January 2024, Client filed for modification, alleging Birth Mother physically attacked the child while driving. Client also alleges a history of emotional and verbal abuse toward the child over the years, 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.