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With Attorney’s Pro Bono Representation, Soldier Reunited with Daughter

November 16, 2017

A soldier had not seen his daughter for years, and he desperately wanted a relationship with her. Despite a parenting plan in his divorce decree, the Army servicemember’s ex-wife had refused to allow any child visitation, and she often moved to unknown locations without notifying the soldier. After the soldier discovered his ex-wife’s location, he visited a military legal assistance office to discuss proper actions so he could see his child.

A military legal assistance attorney referred the soldier’s case to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project, which placed the soldier with a local volunteer family law attorney. With the attorney’s pro bono representation, the court held the soldier’s ex-wife in contempt and ultimately established a new custody and visitation order. The soldier was overjoyed to have the opportunity to visit his daughter. After the soldier and his daughter began spending time with each other, they were both delighted to be reunited and start a new father-daughter relationship.


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