When Louise Reaves’ daughter could no longer take care of her own young child, Louise knew she could give the three-year-old girl a stable, loving home. But she soon found herself unable to navigate a time-consuming, financially debilitating custody case.

“I was going through a hard time emotionally, financially,” she said. “I just didn’t know what to do.”

That’s when Louise remembered hearing about a place at the Van Nuys Courthouse that helps litigants through the often-overwhelming process of family law matters.

At the center, Louise worked with a Neighborhood Legal Services attorney who helped her get a guardianship. Now, her granddaughter is thriving in a safe, healthy environment.

“It was like an angle that just dropped out of the sky,” Louise said. “God sent me an angel to get through this. And now everything is ok. It’s a good feeling to know that there is help.”

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