The Office of the Children’s Lawyer (OCL) is a government agency that represents children in custody and access proceedings. A judge cannot order that the OCL act for a child but simply can “request” that it do so. The government agency has the discretion to,
• decide whether to have a child’s lawyer appointed;
• decide whether to have a child’s lawyer with social work assist appointed or;
• decide whether to have the best interest assessment conducted by a social worker.
If the OCL decides to accept the case, the parents have no choice over the selection of a lawyer or social worker and cannot insist upon the best interest assessment being conducted. You can expect a delay in having an OCL lawyer/social worker becoming involved. It’s the government that makes these choices about your family.
There is an alternative…
I can help you. You can hire me privately to be your children’s lawyer. I team up with a social worker and together we can speak to your child to ascertain his/her views and preferences. We can also perform a best interest evaluation. I will even set a flat fee so you know the costs in advance. It is cost-effective, fast and we can assure you that the work is performed by highly qualified and experienced professionals.