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How to Apply for Legal Aid in a Child Custody Case

author image Mike Broemmel
Mike Broemmel began writing in 1982. He is an author/lecturer with two novels on the market internationally, "The Shadow Cast" and "The Miller Moth." Broemmel served on the staff of the White House Office of Media Relations. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and political science from Benedictine College and a Juris Doctorate from Washburn University. He also attended Brunel University, London.
How to Apply for Legal Aid in a Child Custody Case
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Child custody law and court proceedings represent a complex area of family law. If you face a child custody case, seriously consider obtaining a lawyer. The fact that you may lack funds to hire private counsel does not preclude you from obtaining legal representation, according to "Child Custody A to Z" by Guy J. White. The American Bar Association maintains contact information for organizations across the country that provide no-cost legal representation in child custody cases, including local legal aid societies.

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Step 1

Contact the legal aid organization closest to your community, either by going to the office in person or by telephone.

Step 2

Request an application for representation. Alternatively, a growing number of local legal aid organizations maintain websites that include an application form you can download.

Step 3

Complete the application, following the instructions included with the document.

Step 4

Include basic information about the type of representation required and the status of the child custody dispute or case.

Step 5

Provide requested information about your income--if any--and your other financial resources. Legal aid establishes income guidelines in determining who to represent. These guidelines vary from organization to another.

Step 6

Return the completed application form to the legal aid office.

Step 7

Respond to any requests for additional information promptly.

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