If you only knew the number of calls I get in a week that ask this question your mind would be blown. There are so many people in the position of having to file for custody but they have no idea where to start and can not afford to hire an attorney. Many of these people will first ask their friends or family that may have been through this situation hoping to get some guidance. Although this may seem like a good idea, it is not always the best idea for different reasons. One of those reasons, is that these friends/family members are not trained lawyers. They may be able to share with you their experience, but they won’t be able to provide you with legal assistance. Sometimes they may even give you advice that may come from good intentions but could end up hurting your case. So, what are you to do when you need to file for custody but you can’t afford a lawyer?
First, you should look online to see what pro bono legal resources are available in your jurisdiction. Call the numbers that you find and ask about the eligibility requirements for free representation. Also, ask for referrals for other legal organizations or lawyers that are able to provide legal services for a reduced fee. In the state of Maryland, we have pro bono legal non profit organizations as well as non profit organizations that can help members of the community for a reduced fee.
If you have any questions or need assistance with locating these organizations in your jurisdictions reach out and book a session, I would be happy to help!