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With Attorney’s Help, Soldier Obtains Favorable Modified Custody Order

February 17, 2021

An Army servicemember had previously gone through a divorce from her abusive spouse, and the divorce decree severely limited her visitation time with her child. At the time of the divorce, she was unrepresented by counsel while her spouse had counsel, and she was coerced to sign the divorce agreement. The soldier’s military assignment was changed so that she would be in the same state as her child, and she wanted to spend more time with them. She visited her legal assistance office to seek help. Her legal assistance attorney referred her case to the ABA Military Pro Bono Project, which placed her case with a pro bono attorney.

The soldier’s ex-spouse filed a motion against the soldier, and the pro bono attorney attended the hearing to successfully defend the servicemember. Eventually, the parties came to an agreement to revise the custody agreement.  

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