Spanish speaking domestic violence victim needs assistance with an OPEN divorce and support matter. The parties married in 2014 and separated in June 2017. The client was physically and emotionally abused by her husband, who at one time tried to strangle her. In June, 2017, adverse party came home drunk. He hit and pushed client. She fell to the ground and hit her head; she went to the emergency room and has photos of bruises. In July, 2017 the court granted her a TPO and it was extended until February, 2018. Client lives with her 17 year old daughter from a previous relationship. There is debt to divide and client would like to request spousal support. Adverse party also has a retirement account. He recently retained an attorney who has been contacting the client to try and settle the case. There is a Case Management Conference on October 26, 2017 at 2:00 pm in Department G.
Case Number: 2017-003714
Case Number: 2017-004414
A 13 year old boy came into DFS care in April 2017, because his mother is unwilling or unable to care for him. The client and his three sisters previously came into care several times due to extremely unsanitary living conditions and no parental supervision. His mother is possibly mentally impaired, and his father has never been in contact nor provided any support. Sibling visitation may need to be arranged. The client has several academic, behavioral, and health issues that need to be addressed; he currently works with a therapist and is prescribed multiple psychotropic medications. He also runs away quite frequently and is currently on runaway status. He needs an attorney to represent his wishes regarding permanency, visitation, and placement, and to ensure the proper services are in place. Additionally, he may need to be placed in a Residential Treatment Center and the placement cannot move forward until he has legal representation. There is a Review Hearing on 11/15/17 at 10:45 am in CR 11.
Case Number: 2017-005231
A 2 year old boy came into DFS custody in 2015 due to neglect and his natural mother and father’s parental rights were terminated in March, 2017. Client has been living with foster parents since January, 2017 and they are an adoptive resource. There is a maternal aunt who adopted two of this client’s half siblings and she would like to adopt this child. She previously had placement of this child from October, 2015 to January, 2017 along with the two siblings she adopted, however, DFS removed all of the children from her care in January, 2017 stating she was unable to meet the children’s medical, therapy and medication management needs. Eventually two siblings were returned to her care and their adoption was finalized. She states she has a better job and a new place to live and is now able to care for all of the children. The client’s current DFS permanency plan is adoption with the foster parents. The foster parents have retained counsel. A staff CAP attorney previously represented the client’s siblings and is not able to represent this client due to potential conflict. This client needs an attorney to represent his legal interests regarding permanency and sibling visitation.
Case Number: 2017-005881
Mother, a victim of domestic violence, needs URGENT assistance with a custody matter. Mom has lived with 3-year old child in California since 2014 when she fled Nevada due to Dad’s domestic abuse. Dad followed them to CA and continued to harass Mom. He had minimal contact with child from 2014 – 2015. Around October 2016, Dad showed more interested in co-parenting so Mom allowed him more liberal visitation including overnights/weekends. In February 2017, Mom and Dad agreed child would visit Dad for a week. Mom thought Dad lived in CA. Dad avoided Mom’s calls and then told her he was not returning child. Eventually, she found out child was in Las Vegas. In March 2016, Mom filed a custody case in CA and got an Order for DA’s child abduction office to assist in locating and serving Dad. It’s unclear if Dad was served. In April 2017 Mom told Dad she would drop Child Support if she could visit child in Las Vegas. During visit, it became clear Dad wouldn’t let Mom take child back to CA, so Mom drove off with the child. Dad followed her back to CA, broke into her home, grabbed child, threw her into a car and sped off. Police caught up with him and forced him to return the child. Criminal kidnapping charges are pending against him in California and Mom got a 3 year protection order against him. In June, 2017, Dad hired an attorney and filed a custody case in NV. Dad claims child lived in NV since October, 2016 with Mom’s consent. Courts have determined NV has jurisdiction, however Mom was not able to participate in jurisdiction hearing due to procedural issues. Mom’s CA Legal Aid attorney is willing to help NV attorney get up to speed on case. Mom is seeking sole legal and sole physical custody. Adverse party is seeking joint legal and primary physical custody. There is a Motion Hearing, CMC, and Return from Mediation Hearing on October 25, 2017 at 9:30 am in Dept. B.