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Question: I am separated but not legally divorced from my wife yet. I am trying to see my two daughters but their mother will not let me see them what can I do if there is no court order placed an order to see my daughters as soon as possible.

Answer: You do not say whether a divorce (dissolution of marriage) petition has already been filed.  If so, file a request for temporary orders that grant you specific time with your children.  If not, you may want to move forward and file to get some orders in place.  It would probably be a good idea to talk with a lawyer.  There are three programs in Arizona that you can use to get inexpensive legal advice and guidance.  One is the modest means program.  You will need to apply for the program and meet the financial qualifications.  Once you are qualified, Modest Means will send you a list of attorneys whose practice covers your area of concern.  You select a lawyer from the list and will be entitled to a one hour consultation for $75.  If you need additional help and if the lawyer agrees to take your case, the most you will be charged is $75 per hours.  the telephone number is (866) 637-5341.  Both Maricopa County and Pima County have lawyer referral programs that offer a 30 minute consult with an attorney.  Maricopa County's Lawyer Referral Service offers a 30 minute consult with an experienced attorney for $40.  The telephone number is  (602) 257-4434.  Pima County's Lawyer Referral Service offers a 30 minute attorney consult for $35.  The telephone number is (520) 623-4625.  If you want to proceed without a lawyer, you will find the forms and instructions you need to file on the Superior Court's website in the self-service section.  Go to: https://www.azcourts.gov/selfservicecenter/Family-Law-Forms.

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