Can a child have a solicitor?

Yes. The court can appoint a lawyer for the child even if neither parent asks for one. The court can also have Family Services evaluate your case.

What age can a child get a solicitor?

From the age of 12, a child is presumed to be old enough to be able to instruct their own solicitor. The court can’t make any orders regarding a child in a matrimonial situation if the child is 16 or over.

Can a 12 year old instruct a solicitor?

You can usually have your own lawyer if you are 12 or over. These are not strict rules though. You will usually be able to instruct a solicitor as long as the solicitor thinks that you understand what a solicitor does and you understand the problem you need help with.

Are solicitors free for children?

Parents usually help children and young people make contact with and work with lawyers. … Children who become involved in a case going to court are nearly always entitled to legal aid, which means you do not have to pay for a lawyer.

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Can a 12 year old decide not to see a parent?

Legally, Your Child Can Refuse Visitation at Age 18

Adults can decide who they spend time with. You will not be able to force your child to continue to see you. A family law court will no longer be able to enforce any possession or visitation clauses over an adult.

Can a 12 year old decide which parent to live with?

There is no ‘Magic Age’

There is no fixed age when a child can decide on where they should live in a parenting dispute. Instead their wishes are one of many factors a court will consider in reaching a decision.

How do I talk to my child about court?

Younger children rarely need to appear in court, and if they do, it is for a private, informal talk with the judge behind closed doors. If your child will be appearing for this, explain it in a non-threatening way. The judge wants to get to know your child because he or she cares about your child.

What is voice of a child?

A Voice of the Child (VOC) Report is a document that reports the wishes and views of the child on the issues of the legal proceeding. For instance, the report can contain the child’s preference to remain in the custody of their father or mother.

What age can you become a lawyer UK?

Law Apprenticeships

If you’re over 16 and settled in the UK, you are able to do apply for one. However, you must make sure that you are legally able to stay in the country for the duration of the apprenticeship.

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Can my mom take my phone if my dad pays for it?

Yes. Your mom can take the phone away or ask for a password.

Can a mother legally keep her child away from the father?

Given the fact that a father can lose custody, people often wonder if a mother can legally keep her child away from the father. The short answer to this question is that without a court order, a mother alone cannot legally keep the child away from the father.

At what age can a child stay home alone?

In NSW, parents are given specific instructions for children of different ages. For example, preschoolers can only be left alone for five to fifteen minutes while children between 10 and 12 can be left alone for 12 hours.