Case Number: 2021-020622 (Pending Placement)

Appellant is seeking assistance appealing the characterization of the parties’ relationship in a divorce case. After Respondent filed a complaint for custody of the parties’ minor child, Appellant filed a counterclaim for divorce. Alternatively, Appellant sought to establish that she was Respondent’s putative spouse based on the parties’ participation in a religious ceremony called a Nikah. Appellant asserted that both parties believed they were married after the ceremony. Respondent countered that the Nikah was a ceremony only and both parties were aware that it did not result in a legally binding marriage. The district court concluded that they putative spouse doctrine did not apply because both parties consciously and jointly decided not to take the steps necessary to perform a legally recognizable marriage. Appellant appealed this decision. Respondent is represented by counsel and Appellant is pro se and would like assistance in this appeal. Next Deadline(s): NOA due October 5, 2021

Case Number: 2021-021837 (Urgent)

Appellant found himself unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic and it has been difficult for him to find other work. He does not have family or friends he can financially rely on either. As a result, he filed a motion to modify child support based on changed circumstances. The court ordered the parties to submit tax returns for the years 2016 through 2018. Appellant failed to submit his tax returns and stated that he was unemployed. The court found that both parties are capable of being employed full-time, determined that appellant is intentionally unemployed, denied the motion to modify child support, and awarded attorney fees to the respondent. Appellant now appeals that decision pro se because he disagrees with the judge’s ruling and believes that the district court erroneously concluded that appellant could find other work or could rely on family and friends to financially support him. Respondent is also proceeding pro se.

Case Number: 2021-021964 (Urgent)

This is an appeal from a denial of a Motion for Review and Modification of Child Support and Respondent is seeking representation. The parties share joint legal custody of their minor child. Respondent has primary physical custody. Appellant had been ordered to pay child support. In June of 2020, the Washoe County District Attorney filed a notice of intent to enforce child support and Appellant sought to modify the amount of support based on his changed financial circumstances. The Motion for Review and Modification was denied and Appellant filed a Notice of Appeal on March 31, 2021. Appellant filed a Pro Per Brief on May 3, 2021 and Respondent attempted to file an Answer on July 9, 2021 but the court returned it unfiled. On July 19, 2021, the court determined that the appointment of pro bono counsel to represent both appellant and respondent would assist this court in reviewing this appeal.