hi - I am trying to assist my sister who is low income and needs to get help in terminating the parental rights of her son's father.Father is currently in jail and has been for most of the boy's 7 years. My sister has sole custody of her son. The Father is also on the sexual predators list. Can you recommend someone that can help her with low cost legal? Also how difficult is it going to be to get the father's rights terminated?
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My sister lives in Walker Louisiana
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Can you recommend someone that can help her with low cost legal?I can recommend three resources. First, here is a list of all pro bono work in the state...http://www.abanet.org/legalservices/probono/directory/louisiana.html…and another list:http://www.lawhelp.orgFinally, you may call your local law school and see if they have the family law clinic. The legal clinic is a free service the school(s) provide to the community. While they are often overbooked, they have openings sometimes. Here is the list law schools in your state:http://www.hg.org/law-schools-louisiana.aspAlso how difficult is it going to be to get the father's rights terminated?According to Ch. Code Ann. art. 1015, Louisiana can terminate a parent's rights by clear and convincing evidence of the following:Abandonment or Extreme Parental Disinterest Abuse/Neglect Felony Conviction/ Incarceration Failure of Reasonable Efforts Sexual Abuse Abuse/Neglect or Loss of Rights of Another Child Failure to Maintain Contact Failure to Provide Support Failure to Establish Paternity Child Judged in Need of Services/Dependent Child's Best Interest Child in care 15 of 22 months (or less) Felony assault of child or sibling Murder/Manslaughter of sibling childFrom what you are telling me, the Court is likely to approve her petition. He would have to be served in jail, and can technically fight the petition, but realistically, there is little that he can do from jail unless he retains counsel for himself. If he is pro se (without counsel), then he may be transferred to court at every hearing, but he may simply not even wish to bother...IMPORTANT INFO: I hope this finds you well. Please use REPLY TO EXPERT to keep talking, or RATE my answer when we are finished. Kindly rate my answer as one of the top three faces because this is how I get credit for my time with you. Rating my answer the bottom two faces does not give me credit and reflects negatively on me as an expert even if my answer is correct. I work very hard to formulate an informative and honest answer for you; please reciprocate my good faith. Do not worry, you may always ask follow ups free after rating.
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