The price of it depends a lot on how much he decides to fight you. It could simply be a couple hundred dollars if an attorney writes up a petition, files it with the court and your ex doesn't fight it. But if he decides to fight it, you could be in and out of court for months and it could get very expensive.
What is he like? Some men will sign over custody without a court battle if they know they will lose. Others will fight with everything they can. If he is the fighting type, you need an attorney.
If you are low income, you may qualify for free legal aid from the state. You should be able to contact any state agency and get a list of resources for low income families. They won't fight as hard for you as a paid attorney, but they could help get all of the paperwork filed. But if your ex decides to fight it, I'd recommend getting another attorney.
My advice would be to meet with a couple of attornies. They will usually do a consultation with you for free and let you know how solid your case is and let you know what the price range will be. Go to a few different lawyers and decide which one will fight the hardest for your children. I found out the hard way that you often get what you pay for - and I had to spend more with a different attorney to try to fix the mistakes of my first one. Sometimes spending more money upfront can save you a lot of money in the long run.
I'm wishing you the best of luck!
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Laws that protect the rights of people with disabilities
who have trained service animals
The federal civil rights law, the American’s with Disabilities Act (ADA), Title III, 28 CFR Sec 36.104, defines a service animal as any animal that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability (the disability might not be visible). By law, a service animal is not considered a pet. Most service animals are dogs; they can be any breed or size, and are not legally required to wear special equipment or tags. The ADA does not require proof or “certification ”of the service dog’s training. Service animals are trained to do specific tasks for the benefit of people with physical or mental impairments.
Federal (e.g., 28 CFR Sec 36.302) and state laws protect the rights of individuals with disabilities to be accompanied by their trained service animals in taxis, buses, trains, stores, restaurants, doctors’ offices, schools, parks, hotels and other public places. Federal laws which protect individuals with disabilities include the ADA; the Fair Housing Amendments Act (1988); Sect. 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (1973); The Air Carrier Access Act (1986), and other regulations.
State and local laws* which protect the rights of individuals who have disabilities to be accompanied by their service animals are (fill in the code numbers of the laws that apply):
*NOTE: If federal and state or local law conflict, the law that provides greater protection for the individual with the disability will prevail. For example, if state law grants access only by service dogs that do guide work, and the service dog in question performs work other than guide work, federal law will apply. The person with the disability must be permitted access with the service dog.
The person who is accompanied by the service animal is responsible for its stewardship (behavior, care and well-being), must obey animal welfare laws (such as leash, cruelty or other similar regulations), and is liable for any damage done by the service animal.
For more information about service animals, visit the
Delta Society® National Service Dog Center® on
Delta’s web site: www.deltasociety.org
About the ADA, contact the U.S. Department of Justice
ADA Information Line 800-514-0301 (V); 800-514-0383 (TDD)
About state and local laws, contact the
State Attorney General’s Office
To be a little more helpful here is Tennessee's Attorney Generals Office Numbers:
Opinion Request Line (615)741-2518
Public Information Officer (615)741-5860
Tobacco Unit Hotline (615)532-9480 or 1-800-890-8366
Consumer Protection (615)741-1671
Victim Information Services (615)532-1971