Nine out of ten low-income DC residents are on their own when it comes to seeking justice, and one in five are ineligible for free legal aid. Together with Legal Aid and the DC Bar Pro Bono Center, DCALF launched the Family Law Assistance Network to link them with same-day legal advice and short-term representation in family court. Most live in Wards 5, 7, and 8, and are caregivers and "non-custodial parents" gravely concerned for children living in unsafe households – a problem greatly intensified by the pandemic. DCALF has also seen an increase in demand for wills, immigration protections, and custody agreements (from parents fearing that children may be left behind if they perish), visitation rights (complicated by shelter-in-place orders), and child support (hard to enforce when jobs are in jeopardy). In times of ordinary – and extraordinary –crisis, DCALF's experts meet the need.
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