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Independent Children’s Lawyer: What does an ICL do?

By November 1, 2017November 22nd, 2017No Comments

By Kate James

An Independent Children’s Lawyer, or “ICL”, may be appointed by a Court in difficult parenting cases. Their role is to represent the best interests of the children involved, and to assist the Court in making the right decision for the children.

It can be hard explaining to your children why their parents are going to court and what say they have in their care-arrangements. A new website launched by National Legal Aid provides resources that help parents in difficult cases understand and explain the role of an ICL. The website provides information booklets aimed at different age-groups, explaining to children how an ICL works for them. This can be important in making sure your children feel that they are being heard and their interests are being taken into account.

The new website also has resources for parents to explain what the ICL will do and how to work with them to help achieve the best result.

To access these resources, please see the National Legal Aid website:

If you have an ICL appointed to your matter, or are interested in having one appointed, please feel free to speak to contact Canberra family lawyer Cristina Huesch or one of our other experienced solicitors here at Alliance Legal on (02) 6223 2400.

Please note our blogs are not legal advice.  For information on how to obtain the correct legal advice, please contact Alliance Legal Services.


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