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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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  • I am the mother to a 10 yr old whose biological father is absent and my ex and I are in agreement that we want my ex to have equal joint custody and we dont know how to do this. What are the steps we need t take? Previously I had all the information but this has since expired.
  • how do I get custody of my nephew ?? my brother is in jail and his mother gave him up and my brother wants me to get custody
  • My 10 year old's mother moved to NY. She did so without notice and has no intent of wanting him to move there. We currently have joint legal custody. How do I ensure that when he visits she will return him as agreed upon and that it doesn't look like I willingly sent him there for more than a visit? Also, can she sign to give me sole decision making and physical custody since she is not here to make major decisions regarding school, health, etc.?
  • mother and father have no legal paperwork or agreement in place but both are active in the childs life and one goes to prison for 2.5 years does sole custody default to the other ?
  • My son has been taken over state lines without my permission. He was sent by his mother to his grandmother's I think. We were never married and there is no court ordered custody. How do I start the process of getting him back into Arizona and getting custody of him?
  • My daughter is refuseing to go to her Dads for Thanksgiving.Itryed to talk her into going but she refuses. She toled her father she does not want to go. He's threatening cort, saying she has no rights and her opinion don't matter. I toled him she is not a baby anymore she does have her own mind,and her opinion does matter she is a person too We do have quort papers but there from when she was a baby She is now a preteen. I don't feel right forcing her to go when she is flat refuseing i toled her she can stay home if she dont want to be there that bad.am i right? Or wrong?
  • I have a question I need help with? If I was to go and get my kids but the mother and I have no custody agreement or order in place can I get in trouble. I feel as if my kids are being neglected and while they are going to my mother's house over the weekend I want to get them but I don't know if I can get into any trouble with the police being that there is no custody agreement.
  • I’m in a disturb with my ex wife right now on visitation hours. She is refusing to let me see my son. About a year ago I was collecting unemployment and was unable to pay her child support. She wouldn’t let me see him till I gave her money. I made $12 an hour before I was unemployed, now I only make 8.50 an hour (still paying 12.00 an hour child support). I can hardly afford rent, I’m already in the process of changing the child support payments but I also need to change custody. I work 40 hours a week and I would love to have him every weekend. Can someone please advice me in a good directio
  • I have had my nephew for almost a year..his mother doesn't want him an his dad my brother is in jail..she will not give me anything staying he is with me cause she doesn't want to have to pay for him...i don't want her money I just want to be able to take him to the doctor an such...how should I handle this situation
  • mi hija tiene 11 anos y tengo su justodia en mexico x q me case en mexico y el divorsio se llevo acabo en mexico la nina es ciudadana americana y su papa nunca se ha echo cargo de ella y no le interesa la nina ella lo conoce y el nunca a tratado de acercarse a eela si no obtiene algo acambio yo estoy casada de nuevo y queremos q la nina lleve el apeido de la familia poe que a sido complicado para ella no tener el apeido de la familia y aparte ella considera a mi esposo su papa y no al padre q la enjendro, ella convive cn mis esposo desde el 2004y el se a encargado de todo.

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