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What does the Children’s Lawyer do?

The Children’s Lawyer acts as legal representative for the child where custody and access or child protection is at issue. In general, the Office of the Children’s Lawyer (OCL) serves as a third-party investigator to provide the Court with unbiased recommendations with respect to requirements for proper child care, custody, and well-being. An assessment can be ordered by the Court at any stage of the proceedings in furtherance of this objective. When engaged, the Children’s Lawyer will build trust with the child by meeting as often as necessary to determine the child’s best interests.