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Latest post 01-03-2006 12:23 PM by Drew. 6 replies.
  • 12-28-2005 2:07 PM

    Question [=?] Court appointed minor's counsel...

    How can one change or "fire" court appointed minor's counsel?
  • 12-28-2005 2:35 PM In reply to

    re: Court appointed minor's counsel...

    Your post is short on details in terms of the situation. If you're talking about a guardian ad litem, one presumably petitions the court as to why that person isn't doing a good job. If you're talking about a public defender that the court appointed in relation to a criminal matter, it may be that the minor's guardian can fire the attorney if the guardian has found better counsel for which someone else is willing to pay (presumably a public defender would only be appointed if the legal guardians had previously produced proof that they were unable to pay for an attorney).

    Talk with your family law attorney.

  • 12-28-2005 4:49 PM In reply to

    re: Court appointed minor's counsel...

    If the court appointed counsel for a minor child, the only way to get rid of him/her is to ask the court by filing a proper motion.
  • 12-28-2005 4:51 PM In reply to

    Note [#=#] re: Court appointed minor's counsel...

    "If you're talking about a guardian ad litem.... If you're talking about a public defender...."

    Sounds like he's talking about a lawyer appointed by the court to advocate for the child's best interests with respect to custody and visitation issues (typically because the court believes the parents are not doing so and are only looking out for themselves).
  • 12-29-2005 1:51 PM In reply to

    Question [=?] re: Thx. Is it safe to assume then...

    Thx that was very helpful.
    would it be safe to assume that if the courts appointed counsel due to a lack of cooperation between the parents, then in order to ask the courts to "relieve" counsel then one would have to show that the parents are now cooperating with each other? Or are there other reasons that counsel can be relieved?
  • 12-29-2005 4:08 PM In reply to

    re: Thx. Is it safe to assume then...

    If that's the reason for the appointment, that certainly would seem to be a necessity.
  • 01-03-2006 12:23 PM In reply to

    • Drew
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    re: Thx. Is it safe to assume then...

    The fact that the parents are cooperating with each other does not per se mean they are looking out for needs of child. The court probably would want proof that childs needs were being met.



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