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Hien L.

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Review for Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County, Redwood City, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

My first experience with the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County was amazing. I had the opportunity to provide legal services to a victim of domestic violence who was seeking to leave a verbally and physically abusive relationship with the father of her 11 month old child.

Many DV victims are financially dependent on their abusers and this case was no exception. It is very common for DV victims to feel powerless, overwhelmed, and unsure about whether or not they should pursue a restraining order and child support. Unsurprisingly, victims may have a change of heart, which was the case with my client. When my client informed me that she was unsure about moving forward with the restraining order, I assured her that she was in control and that I would advocate for any decision she wished. We sat down and discussed her options and she eventually gained the confidence to move forward with the restraining order hearing. After receiving the order, she explained she was glad she followed through with the process and attained the end result she was hoping for.

My client obtained a 3 year restraining order and $1400 in monthly child support. She was extremely happy with the results, which far exceeded her expectations!

To be able to help someone through the daunting process of dealing with the family court system was extremely fulfilling. I felt like I made a big difference in someone's (and her child's) life. Being able to help others was one of the reasons I pursued a career in law and I look forward to working with the Legal Aid Society of San Mateo County again in the future!

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