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Where to Find an Attorney for Specific Legal Advice

Arizona has three legal aid organizations which cover different regions of the state.

  1. Community Legal Services (800) 852-9075 covers Maricopa, Mohave, Yavapai, Yuma and LaPaz Counties.
  2. Southern Arizona Legal Aid (800) 640-9465 covers southern Arizona.
  3. DNA People’s Legal Services (800) 789-7287 covers northern Arizona.

All legal service programs in Arizona differ, and their criteria for accepting cases vary. The legal aid organizations above all have the same criteria of income restrictions and legal status requirements, but do have varying priorities.

To find out about more Arizona resources that may be able to assist you, you can contact LegalLEARN, Legal Information & Resources at (866) 637-5341.

Individuals may apply for free and reduced fee legal services by using the "Access To Justice Online Intake System" through AZLawHelp. 

If the legal services program in your area cannot assist you, you may be able to find a lawyer through lawyer referral services in Maricopa County (602) 257-4434 or Pima County (520) 623-4625.

The State Bar also maintains a listing of all Arizona attorneys on their website, and certifies “specialists” in eight legal areas. (Not all attorneys seek such certification, however.) Lists of specialists can also be found at the State Bar of Arizona’s website.


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  • So im getting married to a military man who is stationed in Sudan at the moment i have a 3year old daughter with a guy whom is on the birth cert. But has spent mosy of her life in prison and when he was out never helped with any of the financials for her and only saw her 3 times in 5Months. Im moving but would it be easier to get a judges approval for this move or try for sole legal custody?
  • I am getting ready to file papers for mediation to try to change custody arangments . But my ex has moved 10 times in the past 3 years and won't give me his physical address. How do I go about having him served.
  • My daughter is 9. She hates that she has to go to her dads every weekend (per current custody agreement) I have filed a modification. How can the judge take in consideration her feelings on the matter?
  • I am 19 years old and I have a 13 year old sister. We have the same mother but different dads. Her dad is an alcoholic and our mom is homeless and uses drugs. I want to gain custody of my sister. My mom will probably fight me on this. How do I go about getting custody of my sister?
  • I share joint custody of my son with my ex husband. We agreed to a parenting schedule at the time of our divorce 2 yrs ago. Now, I'm engaged and will need to modify the parenting schedule. Can my ex prevent me from moving 100 miles away to live with my new husband when our original order read "must remain 25 miles or less". I have a job lined up as well. How much notice do I need to give to move with our son to our new home?(I have physical custody)
  • I have had my two children since our devorice in 2007 I have had not child support and stop paying the mother spousel maintainance, she has seen the kids for about 1 to 2 hours a week and sometimes has them for a day, I want full legal custody and support what is my legal course to take, my kids are 13 and 16
  • how do I get a court appointed lawyer. I have filled out all of the papers and had the mother served. she has not responded yet but she does have a lawyer
  • I have joint legal custody and we have parenting time my child mother is continuously leaving my daughter home by herself while shes at work I keep asking if i can keep my daughter so she's not home alone and her mother keep denying me. Is there anything I can do so my child is not left home alone.
  • My wife and I are divorcing and we currently have three adopted children and are currently fostering another- underkinship care. My wife does not want to adopt him and I do. I plan to adopt him. She has stated that she will complain he has molested and beat up the other kids in the home to have him removed. There is only one incident that has been recorded with CPS. She has not told me or the case worker of anything else. Can I adopt him even after we are divorced and how do I protect him against untruths?
  • My 4yo daughters biological “father” hasn’t seen nor spoken to her in just shy of 6months which was just a call on her birthday and hadn’t spoken to her several months before that. He hasn’t paid child support for almost a year and a half. And he has only physically seen her 4 times in her entire life 3 of which I brought her to him in a different state. Mind you I was with her the entire time they were never alone nor has he ever cared for her by herself. My husband and I met when she was 7 months old and we want him to adopt her bio dad said no of course. So I want to know whaticandolegally

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