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The Military Pro Bono Project

 

The Military Pro Bono Project is looking for our assistance, especially in Texas, to provide pro bono representation to service members in family law matters. The Project helps those who are sacrificing greatly for their country by moving pro bono referrals straight from military law offices to willing-and-able private sector lawyer volunteers throughout the country.


Extended American military missions overseas have generated unprecedented civil-law challenges for service members, many of whom have left family, home, and job for years at a time to serve their country in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other locations.


There are online resources available to you to help you provide assistance in your representation of the military personnel. In addition, there is no continuing obligation once you provide the agreed upon representation. You can also call for more information and then decide not to take the case.


All the cases are screened by a supervising military attorney and then by Jason Vail, project director of the Military Pro Bono Project and head of the Military Project with the ABA. (ABA membership is not a required.)


For more information, visit www.militaryprobono.org or call 312-988-5783.


OHIO

Mansfield: An Army servicemember serving in Iraq has been notified that his ex-wife, who has custody of their child, has been arrested on a drug possession charge. The child was removed from the home by CPS and is now living with grandparents. The solider would like to modify the existing custody order so that he can regain custody of the child when he returns from Iraq in October. He needs a pro bono attorney to help him modify the custody order. (#296)


TEXAS

Dallas: An Army service member recently entered active-duty status and has been deployed to Asia. His existing child support order consumes a disproportionate amount of his pay, and he needs legal counsel to assist him in bringing it in line with his income. (#287)

Abilene: An Air Force service member needs pro bono legal help to file for divorce and custody. He has been the primary caretaker of the children for the past two years and it is anticipated that there will be a dispute over custody. (#290)

Vernon: An Army soldier currently in Iraq needs assistance filing for divorce and custody of his children. The children are currently in Vernon, TX, living with a relative because of substantiated neglect by the mother. (#325)

San Antonio: An Air Force service member needs to consult with a family law attorney to determine whether she has grounds to convert her joint custody order to one granting her sole custody based on allegations of drug abuse by her ex-spouse, and in the event it appears she has a case to modify custody, she needs pro bono representation to accomplish this. (#327)

San Antonio: An Air Force service member needs pro bono legal assistance to obtain an order granting him visitation with his child, and possibly custody. He alleges that the child is living in a detrimental home environment. (#328)

 

Beufort: A Marine needs assistance pursuing a divorce and final custody orders for his children. He has already obtained temporary custody orders. (#261)

 

Charlotte: A Navy servicemember needs assistance setting up a child support order for his child before he deploys to Iraq in November. (#275)

 

Dallas: An Army servicemember recently entered active-duty status and has been deployed to Asia. His existing child support order consumes a disproportionate amount of his pay, and he needs legal counsel to assist him in bringing it in line with his income. (#287)

Abilene: An Air Force servicemember needs pro bono legal help to file for divorce and custody. He has been the primary caretaker of the children for the past two years and it is anticipated that there will be a dispute over custody. (#290)

 

Plano: An Army soldier is a creditor listed in another party's bankruptcy. He needs a consultation with a bankruptcy practitioner to find out what his rights are. (#300)

Vernon: An Army soldier currently in Iraq needs assistance filing for divorce and custody of his children. The children are currently in Vernon, TX, living with a relative because of substantiated neglect by the mother. (#325)

San Antonio: An Air Force servicemember needs to consult with a family law attorney to determine whether she has grounds to convert her joint custody order to one granting her sole custody based on allegations of drug abuse by her ex-spouse, and in the event it appears she has a case to modify custody, she needs pro bono representation to accomplish this. (#327)

San Antonio: An Air Force servicemember needs pro bono legal assistance to obtain an order granting him visitation with his child, and possibly custody. He alleges that the child is living in a detrimental home environment. (#328)


WASHINGTON

Bremerton: A Navy sailor currently stationed in Italy needs assistance modifying her Kitsap County custody order. She has custody, but the child’s father is designated as the secondary custodian while the sailor is deployed. She wants to modify the order to designate her mother as the secondary custodian, as the child’s father has been unable to maintain a stable home environment. He is additionally financially unstable and cannot maintain a job. He further hinders the sailor’s contact with the child. The sailor believes the father is incapable for adequately caring for the child and complying with visitation and support orders, so she seeks pro bono legal help to modify the custody order. (#334)