Greetings. As far as I know there are no attorneys that practice family law pro bono. We do pro bono international, federal kidnapping cases under the Hague Convention, which use up all of our pro bono allotted time each year. I also do not know of any legal aid agencies which provide family law representation. I am sorry.
I agree that you need an attorney and I will commiserate with you that it is a lot of money for someone who is just trying to get their feet under them. No matter what, make sure that you attend the hearing. Best of luck.
Janet L. Fritts
Attorney at Law
4101 Lake Boone Trail, Suite 500
Raleigh, North Carolina 27607
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