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With Help of Volunteer Attorney, Sailor is Able to Modify Custody Order to Exercise his Visitation Rights

December 4, 2019

A Navy servicemember had a child custody order that provided visitation for the servicemember every other weekend, along with one evening per week. The Sailor then moved out of state, and was therefore no longer able to exercise his visitation time according to the schedule in the custody order.

The Sailor sought help from a military legal assistance office, and a military attorney referred him to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project. The Project connected the Sailor with an experienced attorney who sought to modify the original custody order so that the Sailor could exercise his visitation rights. He was eventually granted the modification, allowing him to see his child. Additionally, the pro bono attorney continued to represent the Sailor when the child’s other parent sought to have child support modified, and the parties came to an agreement in mediation with the help of the Sailor’s attorney.

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