Independent Children’s Lawyer
In a parenting matter, the court can appoint an independent children’s lawyer (ICL) to represent your child and make sure that his or her interests are central to any decisions. The lawyer will advise the court on matters such as where your child should reside and visitation rights of each parent.
The court will usually only take the step of appointing an ICL if there are concerns for the child or young person’s welfare. If you have concerns yourself you can ask for an independent children’s lawyer to be assigned to the case. You will need to explain why this is a necessary measure and may need to defray some of the cost. An independent children’s lawyer remains impartial and does not represent either party in the family court matter.