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Hi! Please help with this decision. I do have some savings, which I want to protect as much as possible for the bumby roads ahead. I have already spent $11K on my lawyer and things are only just heating up. The children's safety is on the line. So I have been forking out the dough, so as not to put financial security over physical.<br><br>
But some friends say I should give my nest-egg to trusted relatives, and apply for legal aid. Would those lawyers be good enough to really nail this? If there were more gray area here I might feel more relaxed about it, but I have a very specific goal, and I would be devastated if I fell short at all.<br><br>
Also Would I be able to choose the legal aid lawyer?<br><br>
My lawyer is not all that experienced with the particular issues at hand, although she is a family lawyer, but she and I do see eye-to-eye and she seems good, I trust her. I am just dizzy from the money loss and I don't know if we'll be left with any at the end, or if we could have as good a shot with a legal aid lawyer. I did not interview many lawyers, and I do not actually know if this laywer has a top reputation or not, I just had her recommended to me and went for it. So it's not like I know I am paying for the absolute best, I like her, but heck, I have no idea if a legal aid lawyer might be better in some way, perhaps due to doing the same kind of cases all the time.<br><br>
I am trying to do the best thing for my children and I do not know which way is up. Thanks for reading this. Any advice?
 

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Are we talking domestic violence?If so legal aid is fantastic for this.My pro bono domestic violence lawyer is amazing and is still a support to me even though my case is long done.I do know that you can request your spouse pay for legal counsel as well.You do not give much info on your case so that is all i can say with what you gave.
 

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Thanks for your response. There was abuse and I am seeking supervised visitation. So legal aid would be particularly good for this?
 

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In my county in Florida, if you meet guidelines, you get an attorney who "donates" his time pro bono (not part of legal aide but a family law connection through the court). My attorney is in private practice and has been for a VERY long time. He has alot of experience in family law and seems to know what he's doing and talking about. He has been diligent in taking care of my case.<br><br>
I would recommend applying and interviewing with a lawyer or two to see if you find someone you like through legal aid or similar agency... if you do not, you dont have to get them to represent you and can just keep your current lawyer. If you do find someone you like, you and your family will be that much better off. HTH <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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In San Diego there is a huge pro bono firm specifically dedicated to helping children/women in abuse cases.In your situation i would contact the local legal aid service and meet with the lawyers there and also i would ask CPS or CWS whatever it is considered in your area what their advice would be for legal help.These pro bono lawyers are trained in the area of abuse and will be very good.I would save your money for rebuilding your life.The other thing is make sure you have everything documented.You can request to have the therapist subopeaned so that their professional words will be used.That person will be your biggest help to get the supervised visitation.Because many parents 'claim' abuse during custody and divorce cases it is really important to have this person there.I would involve the child protective services also because they can help you.
 

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If you already have a good attorney, don't jump ship before you are sure that there is a probono available for you and who will be there through a trial if need be. Where I live there are more abusers than probono attorneys.
 
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