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Attorneys – Withdrawal – Continuance Denied – Domestic Relations (access required)

Skelly v. Skelly A week before trial, defendant told her lawyer that she wished to seek the advice of other counsel, and she asked her lawyer to get her a continuance to allow her time to do so. The lawyer waited until the day before trial to tell defendant that the motion to continue had been denied six days earlier. Contrary to defendant’s wishes on the day of trial, the trial court allowed the lawyer to withdraw and commenced trial with defendant proceeding pro se. Defendant was entitled to a reasonable opportunity to obtain new counsel, which she did not receive. We reverse the Feb. 15, 2010 custody order and remand for further proceedings.

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