Family and Children Issues

MALS may be able to help if:

You are a victim of domestic violence and

  • need an Order of Protection or
  • are seeking a divorce where domestic violence has occurred within the past year

MALS may also be able to help if you are:

  • seeking an uncontested divorce where both parties will agree on all issues, there are no children, and neither party has real estate or retirement funds
  • seeking an uncontested divorce where both parties will agree on all issues, including child custody and child support, and neither party has real estate or retirement funds
  • seeking representation in a custody dispute involving your biological child for whom you currently have actual physical custody
  • seeking a divorce and do not know the whereabouts of your spouse
  • seeking assistance or representation regarding a Juvenile Court dependency and neglect action
  • seeking assistance or representation with a termination of parental rights case
  • seeking assistance with a guardianship, conservatorship or emancipation
  • seeking assistance with the adoption of a relative child(ren) placed in your custody where both biological parents agree

In very limited instances, where both parties want a divorce and have children and property, MALS has a group of volunteer attorneys, mediators and other professionals to assist in working out a settlement. This is available only for parties who agree that they will NOT litigate but will work toward developing a Marital Dissolution Agreement and Parenting Plan using a collaborative law methodology.

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