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Volunteer attorney helps servicemember receive a custody order after his daughter’s mother died

October 21, 2013

A Navy servicemember gained physical custody of his child following the death of the child’s mother. Although the servicemember had always supported his child, he was not listed on his child’s birth certificate. As a result, the servicemember’s child was not eligible to receive military benefits and insurance. Hoping to resolve this matter before his deployment, the servicemember contacted a military legal assistance attorney who referred his case to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project. The Project referred the servicemember’s case to a volunteer attorney who helped obtain a temporary order amending his child’s birth certificate before his deployment. A year later, when the servicemember returned, the volunteer attorney again provided pro bono help to the servicemember in finalizing the child custody order.

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