RFTA’s Four Areas of Expertise

At Rise From The Ashes, we strive to assist financially struggling women who are leaving an abusive relationship, with civil legal matters such as divorce and custody. It does not matter how many times a woman tries to leave an abusive relationship, if she can’t afford to get a divorce, she will never truly be free. To make matters worse, if she can’t afford an attorney to assist her in the custody issues of her children, she will likely set aside concerns of her own personal safety, and choose to re enter the abusive relationship for fear of leaving her children alone with the abuser. Abused women are, for all intents and purposes, hostages in these situations – not only to her abuser, but to the legal system as well.

Obtain Custody Of Her Children

Securing the safest home possible for her children

Get Divorced

Severing the relationship in the eyes of the law.

Legally Separate Her Finances

Allowing her to have a fresh start on her own financial foundation

Counseling

Making sure that she is comfortable and supported throughout the legal process

The Process/Services

Here are RFTA when we receive a referral from a shelter or established organization about a woman in their care who is living at or near the poverty line and in need legal representation to leave an abusive relationship, we bring a whole team up behind her. From counselors and attorneys, to a comforting court companion, we make sure that not only are these women well represented, but that they are well cared for too.

When a woman has made the brave decision to leave an abusive relationship and is currently taking the steps necessary in order to regain control of her life, the agency that is assisting her in those steps will reach out, and submit her intake paperwork to us. We will assess her situation and see if we might be able to provide her with the legal representation necessary to sever the legal ties that are still binding her to the relationship.
After acceptance of a client’s case, RFTA will contact our partnering attorneys, and attempt to secure legal representation for her.
Next, the client will meet with an RFTA intake coordinator. Together they will discuss what has transpired in the past, her current situation, and any fears she might have. They will come up with a list of goals that she would like to achieve through the legal process and discuss how best to facilitate these needs to her attorney.
At this stage, a client, along with a staff member from RFTA, will meet with the attorney who will be representing the case. The client will also be assigned a court companion, a mentor, and a financial adviser.
From here on out a woman will be working with her team, to sever the legal ties that are binding her to an abusive relationship.

*Please be aware that we are currently only able to accept clients who are living at the federal poverty level and meet our eligibility criteria.*