Although I do not qualify for the legal assistance agencies in my area I am still unable to pay the cost of the attorneys in my area. Are there any pro bono or low cost attorneys in Chicago?
Unless it's uncontested, very difficult to get a pro bono attorney. Pro Bono contested cases, especially those involving children, have a habit of running years, for various reasons. And since the trial costs the client nothing, there's literally no incentive to resolve the issue peacefully - so the lawyer is on the hook for dozens of hours of, what would normally be, unnecessary work and trial preparation.
I don't say this to guilt you - only to point out the reasoning. Have you contacted the Chicago Bar Association? They offer a wonderful referral program that can link you up with an affordable attorney.
You will likely have a very difficult time finding a private attorney offering to provide legal assistance at no cost. After all, we have our own bills to pay and the only thing we offer in exchange for compensation is our time, training and expertise. Also, many of us do provide pro bono services through our local legal aid office. I say this not to make you feel bad but so that you understand our perspective. I sympathize with your plight and suggest you contact the law schools in your area. Most have legal clinics and can perhaps offer you assistance at little or no cost.
Additionally, you have not indicated what specifically you are looking to accomplish. Family law is a large body of work. For some areas of practice, you might be entitled to contribution of fees from your opponent.
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