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This Week’s Pro Bono Success Story

April 21, 2010

An Army staff sergeant, deployed to Iraq twice and stationed in Maryland, was served with divorce papers from California. He could not afford legal representation, in part because prior to leaving the soldier (and while he was deployed), his wife incurred almost $10,000 of debt on their joint credit cards. She subsequently moved into a household in which the soldier had concern for his children’s well-being, as there were five other people living in the three-bedroom home in addition to his estranged wife and three children (nine people total). The Military Pro Bono Project was able to locate a California attorney willing to represent the soldier pro bono, and the attorney was ultimately able to successfully secure favorable joint custody rights in favor of the soldier.

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