Why do Children Need an Attorney?

Attorney For A Child

child-1073638_960_720Many times during a divorce, the child or children of the parents involved will receive an attorney. Children, depending on their age, usually don’t understand what is going on during this time and don’t always know what is best for them as far as custody goes.

The court can appoint a guardian ad litem for a child, or for multiple children, and in that case that person represents the child to the court and decides what is in the best interests of the child. Then the court could also appoint an attorney who represents the child. If the child is old enough to make decisions, and make their decisions and desires known to the attorney, and then the attorney tells the court what the child wants as opposed to the guardian ad litem that tells the court what it’s in the best interest of the child.

Children may have a tendency, when allowed to choose for themselves to want to live with the parent who is less responsible and this decision could be detrimental to their future. They may not receive the proper and adequate care or decisions that could have an impact on many important factors of their lives.

If the court does appoint an attorney for the child or children, they are there as an unbiased third party that can determine what the best interest of the child truly is without having emotional ties like the parents would in that situation.

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