The Reason you Won't be able to Find a Family Law Attorney to take your Case "Pro Bono"
Linked below, you'll find an excellent response from Oregon attorney, Jay Bodzin, on why you probably won't find an attorney to take your family law case pro bono. It's one of the better answers I've seen and, rather than repeating his arguments, I suggest you click the link and read it before continuing on in this guide.
There are a number of legal clinics that take family law cases at reduced costs. The Oregon State Bar's "Modest Means Program" is another reduced cost option.
Again, these are discussed in detail in the following linked post: https://www.avvo.com/legal-answers/my-granddaugter-needs-a-pro-bono-child-custody-att-678649.html#answer_1122092
Another Possible Option: "Suit Money"
Another option (IF it's a divorce case AND IF the other party makes a lot more money) is asking the Court to order something called, "suit money." This is money that the Court orders the other party to pay you to hire an attorney, pay legal costs, hire experts, etc.
"Contingency Fees" are NOT an Option Either
What you will NOT be able to find is a family law attorney who will take your case on "contingency." Under Oregon's Rules of Professional Conduct for attorneys, it is considered unethical to enter into a contingency fee agreement in two types of cases: (1) criminal defense (this can create a conflict of interest where it's in the client's best interests to accept a plea bargain but the attorney advising the client will not get paid if the case does not go to trial) and (2) family law (a similar conflict of interest is created when a client should accept a settlement regarding custody, support, or parenting time and the attorney advising the client would again not get paid...plus, treating custody and parenting time of children as "wins"upon which an attorney's pay hinges opens the door to all sorts of bad behavior and just feels dirty, doesn't it?
One Last Link
One more post where Avvo attorneys discuss why you won't find a family law attorney to take your case pro bono:
Most general rules tend to have exceptions. There are of course SOME family law cases where an attorney may be appointed to represent someone free of charge. On example is a contempt hearing where the other party seeks imprisonment as one of the possible sanctions. Another is a contested stepparent adoption (the non-consenting parent can be appointed an attorney because if they loose, they are essentially losing their parental rights). A third exception is a contested guardianship, although this is reallymore probate than family law.
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