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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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  • My girlfriend and I have two children together. I would like to gain custody of them since she has been experiencing mental health issues and cannot take care of the children.  I cannot afford a lawyer and have been told I cannot leave the state without her permission and was also told since the children's birth certificates establish I am the father and that they have my last name I can relocate with them. I can't get a straight answer !
  • I had a child with a woman who is married. What are the steps that I have to take to establish paternity. That way I am able to have my rights to my child?
  • My husband will still be in prison when our child is born, do I need to have him sign the birth certificate from prison or can I just list him as the father as we are married?
  • My son was born out of wedlock. At the time of birth paternity was established because we both signed the birth certificate. My son is now 8 and has had no contact with my ex boyfriend for at least 5 years who also currently incarcerated. Does he still have paternal rights? Would now be a good time to file for sole custody?
  • I have been paying child support for quite a while now. I have moved out of state. I have recently found out I should have questioned paternity because there is a chance he wasn't actually mine. What can I do? I am currently in arrears.
  • My friend has a baby with a girl and since the baby was born she has been lying to my friend and telling him he's not the father, she even faked a paternity test saying the baby wasn't his, turns out the baby is his she lied can she get in Tribble for lying to my friend? He's been wanting to see the baby for over a year and she's been lying to him saying it was Somone else's.. what should my friend do?
  • I gave birth to my son in late April this year. His father was not there for his birth and has never met him. He had an outstanding warrant for his arrest and was just recently arrested. How do I get a DNA test to provide legal documentation that he is in fact the father of my child? Where do I start? Furthermore/Also, then what can I do next to try and obtain child support? Can anyone even receive child support from a person who is incarcerated? He is on social security by the way...so? Please Help!
  • When my girl friend was pregnet I went to prison for seven years during which time another mans name was put on the birth certificate and they are no longer together me and her back together but he's trying to get custody of my kid what do I do?
  • I'm a Deaf single mother with a Deaf 12 year old daughter. We moved here in 2007 to escape from the biological father who physically abused us. We never married. I went to Illinois court in 2005 or 2006 to remove father from birth certificate and change to my last name. We live here in Arizona for 10 years. Just today he filed papers against me for paternity, custody, and child support. We never received child support from him in 10 years. He along with his father and brother are of Pakistani origin have history of violence. His ex gf went through same thing. What to do?
  • My ex-boyfriend signed the acknowledgement of paternity for my son even though he was not the biological father. Is there a way to disprove the paternity and have his rights to my son terminated?

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  • Pima County Bar
    www.pimacountybar.org
    Referral number 520-623-4625
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline
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