Lawyers provided in civil cases?

My sister's ex husband takes her to court all the time for custody of their kids.  She still has to pay for his attorney fees from the last time they went.  She can't pay because she does not have any income right now.  Is there a way for her to get a lawyer provided to her?


Asked over 7 years ago in Tennessee
Categories: Family

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Lesly C Longa

Answer by Lesly C Longa

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Lawyers are not provided for civil litigation matters like they are for criminal defense (public defenders).  She should contact a local legal aid clinic or association helping people "pro bono."  She might also want to call or sit down with a family law attorney who offers "free consultations" and find out if your state's laws allow her to ask for legal fees from her ex, especially if he has more money and has hired an attorney.  Doesn't seem right that she has to pay his fees if she has no money, so she definitely needs to speak to legal counsel.  I cannot provide you any advice regarding the laws of Tennessee, but I hope this general information is helpful.  Best regards to you and your sister.

Posted over 7 years ago

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