Fred spoke with friends and tried to figure out what he should do -- he knew he needed an attorney but he couldn't afford one. After Fred began the daunting legal process on his own and filed a Petition for Modification of Custody, a friend who knew about VLB suggested he come to the Domestic Relations Help Desk. There, he met with frequent VLB volunteer
, who immediately helped Fred file an Amended Petition for Modification of Custody and an Ex Parte Motion for Emergency Temporary Custody with Affidavit. John ensured that Fred's legal documents were correct, speeding up Fred's proceedings significantly.
At the Ex Parte hearing, the court awarded Fred temporary custody. Later, Fred was awarded full custody and child support for both of his children. Fred's two children have made dramatic improvements in school now that they are living with their father. John said, "It was a pleasure to work with Fred and it is personally rewarding to know that his children are safe and thriving in his care."