I used to practice family law in San Joaquin County for a few years. Unfortunately, to my knowledge, the San Joaquin County Bar Association does not provide a list of pro bono family law attorneys like some other county bar associations do.
You can contact that Family Law Service Center at 42 N. Sutter St., Suite 302, Stockton, CA 95202, (209) 948-1171. They provide free or reduced-rate services for Dissolutions of Marriage; Annulments; Protective Court Orders; Custody Agreements and Modifications; Guardianships; and Stepparent Adoptions and more. The Family Law Service Center is unique in the fact that it is the only legal service agency in San Joaquin County that provides direct representation by a licensed attorney in family law matters.
Also, the family law self help legal clinic located inside the family law courthouse is available for information and services. Also you can get information about fee waivers there.
Hope this helps and good luck.
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Are you asking for an attorney to do pro bono for you or for severa l people. If you would place more information I could give a better response.
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Is there any reason you fear losing your 50/50 timeshare with your children other than simply going to court? Are you actually exercising that full-time share, are the living conditions with the children not what they should be such that she will have an argument to change custody arrangements? Simply asking for modification of support should not implicate the actual custody arrangement if it has been working well for you children. The court wants to try to maintain the status quo for the children if at all possible. Before you file for a modification of support, make sure everything that needs to be in place for the children is there; make sure you are actually exercising the 50/50 custody you have in place now. If all of that is in good shape, don't hesitate to request to modify the support.
As far as pro-bono, I cannot help with that as I am out of your area, but I agree that when child custody is the issue, it is not recommended that you try to handle it on your own. This is also the circumstance where I strongly urge my clients to reach out to family and friends for help in paying the attorney because there is soo much at stake, and you don't know, what you don't know. Too many pitfalls for pro-per litigants on child custody matters. Good Luck
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