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How does a Children’s Lawyer get involved?

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.