A domestic violence victim, needs assistance with an ongoing custody matter. She and her ex-boyfriend separated recently. He was verbally abusive towards her. The adverse party was screaming at the client and she got a seizure. Her uncle took her to the hospital and her son stayed behind. Their 2-year old son is currently with the adverse party’s parents. He has been withholding the child from her. She last saw him a few days ago for 15 minutes and he would not allow her to take the child. The client has filed a custody complaint. She requests joint legal and joint physical custody. The case is pending before Judge Ritchie with a Motion Hearing on March 21, 2018 at 10:00 am.
Case Number: 2018-001132
Case Number: 2018-003599
Client, a Hindi/Urdu speaking domestic violence victim, needs assistance with a divorce, custody and support matter. She and her husband had an arranged marriage in 2007. Client and husband separated in May of 2018 due to domestic violence. She has a TPO against him. They have an 8 year old son together. Since the separation, son has lived with client at a shelter. Client wants primary physical custody with visitation for the adverse party. Client requests child and spousal support. There are no assets or debts to divide.
Case Number: 2018-001375
Client, a deaf woman, needs assistance with a divorce and custody matter. She and her husband married in December of 1985 and separated in 2010 due to husband’s drug use. Client reports that husband has been verbally, emotionally, financially and physically abusive noting that he once forced her to remain home and clean for an entire month. Client and husband have 1 minor child, aged 17, who resides with client as husband is currently homeless. Client wants sole legal and sole physical custody of the children. Client is also seeking support. There are no assets or debts to divide.
Case Number: 2018-004477
Client, a Spanish-speaking domestic violence victim, needs assistance with a divorce and support matter. Client and husband married in January 1996 and have two 19 year old twins whom are autistic and reside with client. Client and husband recently separated after he was arrested and deported for domestic violence in 2017. In July 2018, client got a 30 day Temporary Protection Order against the husband. Client is requesting spousal support. There are community assets, including 3 homes, land and 2 vehicles, which need to be divided. Community debt does not exist.
Case Number: 2018-004669
Client, a domestic violence victim, needs assistance with a divorce and custody matter. She and her husband married on November 2015 and currently still reside together. Client reports that husband is verbally and financially abusive. Client states that husband threatens children and herself. Client and husband have 3 children; two 2 months to one year old. Client is requesting sole physical and sole legal custody but is open to allowing the father to have the children on the weekends. Client is not seeking spousal support. There are no community assets or debts to divide.
Case Number: 2018-005904
Client is a domestic violence survivor who is seeking a divorce from her abuser. The opposing party was convicted of domestic violence and the client currently has a TPO against him. There are two minor children with whom the client resides and for whom she is the primary caretaker. Opposing party is the father of both children, but has not seen them since last year. Opposing party lives locally as well. Client is the sole provider and cannot afford an attorney. Client seeks a pro bono attorney to represent her in her divorce.
Case Number: 2018-006052
Client seeks pro bono divorce from husband; couple married in 2006 and still reside together, with their five children. Parties have separated several times in the past but always gotten back together. This time, client wants to get divorced. Client alleges husband is financially controlling. Client seeks joint/joint custody; adverse party’s wishes regarding custody are unknown. There is no active court filing yet. The family house is community property and the opposing party wishes to move out. There is also OP’s retirement benefit to address, and client is seeking spousal support.
Case Number: 2018-007212
Client is Brazilian who moved to US recently. Domestic violence included threats, emotional, brought his gun out and put it to his own head threatening to kill himself, sexual, opening a prostitute online account for her, sending a sex video of her to her ex-husband. There are no children of the relationship. Client had temporarily lived in a women’s shelter to escape the abuse before moving in with a friend. There is no property or debt to divide and the client is not seeking any ongoing support. Husband has already filed a case seeking an annulment based on his allegation that he discovered that she is engaging in prostitution. Client denies this and seeks a divorce instead as she is concurrently pursuing a Violence Against Women Act claim to achieve legal status in the US and needs a divorce rather than an annulment. A Legal Aid staff attorney is her immigration counsel.
Case Number: 2018-008182
The applicant-wife seeks a divorce although the parties still live together. They have a son, an adult, who is disabled. The parties own a home and a couple of vehicles. There is IRS and credit card debt. The applicant states that the adverse party is emotionally and verbally abusive and that he harasses the nurses who provide services for their adult son. Household income for both parties is minimal.
Case Number: 2018-007245
Wife, a victim of unreported domestic violence, seeks representation in a divorce action with no children. Wife earns about ten percent of husband’s monthly income. The parties married in 2012 and still reside together. There is some debt, vehicles, accounts and a military benefit to divide.