Family Law Services

Participating in the legal system can feel overwhelming, especially for victims of family violence and other forms of abuse. It is easy to become intimidated and discouraged, and hiring an attorney can be very expensive. At Defenders of Children, our dedicated and experienced team of attorneys, paralegals, and legal support staff provide a wide range of trauma-informed family law services at no cost to children and families.


On a case-by-case basis, our legal services include:


  • Full representation in court
  • Legal document preparation
  • Legal advocacy and other brief services
  • Legal counsel and advice
  • Legal information

Defenders of Children provided the guidance to help my children — a beautiful bright light at the end of a very long, dark tunnel.

Sarah M


On a case-by-case basis, we can help clients in each of the following areas:

Family Court

  • Divorce
  • Legal Separation
  • Annulment
  • Paternity
  • Child Custody (Legal Decision-Making & Parenting Time)
  • Child Support

Juvenile Court

  • Emancipation
  • Termination of Parental Rights

Please Note: We cannot handle DCS dependency cases

Protective Orders

  • Orders of Protection
  • Injunctions Against Harassment

All legal services are provided for FREE to victims of crime under our grant funding eligibility.

If you are a victim of crime who needs legal assistance to protect yourself or a loved one, the team at Defenders of Children is here to help.