A Children’s Lawyer becomes involved in a case by Court Order. The circumstances depend on whether the case concerns custody and access or child protection. Where custody and access are at issue, the Court can request the Children’s Lawyer get involved or by either parent, or lawyers for either parent, may bring a motion asking the Judge to get the Children’s Lawyer involved. When requested by a parent, the Children’s Lawyer has the latitude to decide whether to get involved—priority is given to high conflict cases. Where child protection is at issue, the Children’s Lawyer must accept the case when their involvement is requested by a Judge. These types of cases generally involve the Children’s Aid Society as well as the OCL.
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Russell Alexander is the founder of Russell Alexander Collaborative Family Lawyers and is the firm’s senior partner. At Russell Alexander, our focus is exclusively family law, offering pre-separation legal advice and assisting clients with family related issues, including: custody and access, separation agreements, child and spousal support, division of family property, paternity disputes, and enforcement of court orders. We have locations in Toronto, Markham, Whitby (Brooklin), Lindsay, and Peterborough.
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