I'm sorry to hear your situation is so difficult. I do not practice in Sacramento, so cannot help myself. I suggest you contact Legal Aid and VLSP for some pro bono help. Both of these organizations work with clients who cannot afford private attorneys Here's are two links for you:
Consult with Legal Aid if there is an office in your area. Or a legal clinic at the local lawq school.
My name is Stephen R. Cohen and I have practiced over 38 years and can be reached at 213-819-1171. I practiced mainly in Los Angeles and Orange County, California. I am not seeking clients from existing relationships with other attorneys, and give only limited advise over the phone (the phone is primarily used to set appointments), these services do not create an attorney client relationship. I apologize for mispelling< as I am a lousy typist, My answers may offend as I do not believe in pulling punches or sugar coating the truth. Further regarding courts in other states my opinions are largely based on logic and what I think is the modern trend which is to consider the needs of the child.
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