Free child custody help. You’re facing a child custody battle and you have very little money. You’ve called law firms and you’ve found out about the fees. You can’t afford what they’re charging. You are starting to panic. What are you going to do? I’m Lee Rosen for the Rosen Law Firm. I’ve practiced family law for more than 20 years. I’ve met hundreds of people in your situation. It’s very tough. I know. I’ve had people sit in my office and cry. And you feel like you’re stuck. It’s an awful situation and you may feel like you have nowhere left to turn.
Let’s talk about some options. First of all, if you have a child support case, then you can definitely get some free or very inexpensive help from your local child support enforcement agency. Go to the agency in your home county. Understand that they can only help you with child support, not with child custody. What about custody? Well, first you need to get on the phone and start calling. Some legal aid offices help with custody cases. Most don’t because they just don’t have the resources. But you should call them first. If they don’t offer help, they may know who does.
Next, call your area bar association. There may be more than one that you call. There may be a state bar association, a county bar association, and even a city bar association. Ask if they have volunteer lawyers or lawyers that work on a sliding fee schedule. These associations won’t do the work themselves but they may have lists or services that they can hook you up with. Call them. They may know something. When you call the bar associations, ask if they have pro bono services. That’s the Latin phrase used by lawyers to refer to doing work as a volunteer. If that doesn’t.
Work, then start looking for nonprofit agencies. Some areas have a women’s center or a men’s center that might offer help. There may be other nonprofits. Look on Google for listings. Next in line are selfhelp options. Some counties have selfhelp centers where they offer advice and forms. They’re not going to provide you with a lawyer, but they may be able to give some written instructions and guidance. If you can’t find a selfhelp center in your area, then hit the clerk’s office in your county. In North Carolina you’re looking for the office of the clerk of superior court. They.
Manage the court. Now, they can’t give you legal advice but they might be able to head you in the right direction. They can also allow you to see old court files, which you might find useful in terms of pulling out forms or examples that you can use to draft your own documents. Another source of forms is the North Carolina administrative office of the court’s website. Google that as well. Clearly, many of these options involve you doing the work yourself. That’s not too hard if you can reach an agreement with the other parent. It’s much harder if.
You have to go to court. Recognize, however, that nearly 100 percent of people worry about going to court. Most people think that’s where they’re headed. The reality, however, is very, very different. The fact is that less than five percent of people actually end up having a judge decide custody of their children. Most people agree, and they don’t go to court. Hopefully you will eventually reach agreement. Lots of people think that’s not going to happen. But I can tell you that for most people, it does. Keep in mind also that in most relationships mom and dad both face the same economic pressures. When mom can’t afford a.
Lawyer, dad often can’t either, and vice versa. That’s the situation for a lot of families. I hope I’ve given you some places to start. You won’t always find a workable solution with these ideas, but you’ve got a shot. Get on the Web, pick up the phone, and get to work. You can find more resources on our website at Rosen . Good luck. .
What Age Can a Child Decide Custody and Access
Hello. At what age do children determine the custody and access arrangements? Hello, I’m Brian Galbraith. I’m the owner of Galbraith Family Law. We’re a law firm of divorce lawyers with offices in Barrie, Orillia, and Newmarket. There is no exact age when children can decide the custody and access arrangements. It’s ultimately up to the parents to decide. Failing an agreement, a judge will decide. Judges base their decision on the best interests of the children. What that means is they consider what schedule or arrangement will best foster the overall development of the child. There are many factors that they’ll take into consideration. One of the factors may be the wishes of the.
Children, depending on the age and maturity of the children. For example, older children will carry greater weight if they are still mature and of sound mind. Younger children, less weight. For example, a child who is 12 years old or older and expresses a wish one way or the other, their wishes will be a significant factor in deciding the schedule and the arrangements. It is important that you do not simply ask your child what he or she wants to do with regard to the residence schedule. That would put your child in the middle. It’s just not fair to your child. It can be psychologically harming to the child, and in fact, the judge will not look very favorably on you if you’re asking the child where they want to reside.
If the voice of the child is relevant, what we’ll do for you is we’ll help you find the right expert who can interview the child. These experts have particular techniques for interviewing children so as to not psychologically harm the child. If this tutorial’s been helpful, please share it or like it. If you’re ready to move forward in your marriage or separation, please give us a call. Just go to our website at GalbraithFamilyLaw . You can book a consultation with one of our lawyers in either Barrie, Orillia, or Newmarket. Thank you.