Chelena

A Family Law Client

It was tough always having to find childcare to go to court. All the hearings forced me to constantly change my work schedule and ask for time off: that lost me a few jobs. I tried paying for an attorney but it was pointless, felt like it was a waste.

“I grew up in Visitacion Valley, near Sunnydale. It was challenging, I had a lot of fights. I developed a tough shell.

I have a five-year-old daughter. Her father was never once involved in her life and could’ve cared less– until he got his child support bill. He requested joint custody just so he didn’t have to pay child support and he made it grueling to peacefully spend time with my daughter.

It was tough always having to find childcare to go to court. All the hearings forced me to constantly change my work schedule and ask for time off: that lost me a few jobs. I tried paying for an attorney but it was pointless, felt like it was a waste.

[Open Door Legal] seemed to really want to help, genuinely. They helped me take the emotion out and make me articulate. I finally was able to get a favorable order, but more than that, it’s wonderful to be able to go and talk to someone and know they have my back.”

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