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This Week’s Pro Bono Success Story

May 26, 2010

An Army private stationed in Texas was contacted by the Wisconsin Department of Human Services about his child, who resided with its mother in Wisconsin. A report had been made concerning neglect of the child by the mother as well as abuse in the home. Though the soldier was able to take the child from the mother’s home and return to Texas, the legal proceeding regarding the child’s welfare were ongoing in Wisconsin. The soldier needed counsel in Wisconsin in order to gain custody of the child; complicating matters, the soldier was imminently due to deploy to Iraq. A Wisconsin attorney volunteered through the Military Pro Bono Project to represent the soldier, ultimately gaining a modification of custody in favor of the soldier, with permission for the child to reside with the solder’s wife during his deployment.

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