What Is The Role Of An Independent Children’s Lawyer?

What Is The Role Of An Independent Children’s Lawyer?

In scenarios that involve the Family Court which involve a child, in addition to any family lawyer who may be representing the parents or other individuals, the court may rule that an independent children’s lawyer should be appointed.

An independent children’s lawyer (or ICL for short) has the main responsibilities to act on behalf of the child, and as with any situation that reaches the Family Court, to ensure that the best interests of the child are being upheld and represented. In many cases, they act completely independently of the child’s parents and their own family lawyers.

This can often occur when the court is considering issues such as domestic violence, or when the child’s parents are in complete disagreement as to the welfare of the child, which can often happen after a divorce.

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