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Family Law Project

November 08, 2017 - The Family Law Project provides services to income eligible clients in the areas of dissolution of marriage, paternity, guardianship and cases involving international child abduction. 

The Project is led by Supervising Attorney Ross Baer and includes Staff Attorney Amy Francis and Paralegal Jennifer Rothman.  Each year the Project serves between 100-150 clients.  Priority is given to victims of domestic violence in dissolution of marriage and paternity cases.  The type of guardianship handled involves where a parent dies and leaves life insurance and/or retirement benefits to their underage child(ren).  Since the children are minors, the money cannot be released until a guardianship is established.  Once guardianship is established the money is put into a depository and stays under court supervision until the child(ren) turn 18 years old.  Since guardianship is often an expensive process, which our families cannot afford, the Project establishes a guardianship for these children and maintains it by filing yearly reports, until the child is of age to claim the funds.

Additionally, the Family Law Project handles matters pertaining to the Hague Convention on International Child Abduction.  These cases pertain to child abduction across international borders, when a parent from one member country abducts their child to another member country. Ross Baer and the Family Law Project have handled a number of these cases upon referral from the U.S. Department of State.

The Project is funded by Palm Beach County and recently received a grant from VOCA (Victims of Crime Act) and VAWA (Violence Against Women Act) to assist more victims of domestic violence.  The Project Supervising Attorney Ross Baer states that “family law is the biggest need in Florida.  It is underfunded and there are not enough attorneys to help those who need to be helped.” 

If you are interested in taking a Family Law case pro bono, please contact Kimberly Rommel-Enright at 561-655-8944.