In a family law matter, the court may ask the Office of the Children’s Lawyer (OCL) to help when parties can’t agree on the following:
- How much (parenting) time the child(ren) will spend with each?
- Who else will have contact with the child(ren)? For example a grandparent.
- Who has the authority to make decisions for a child? This is called decision-making responsibility.
The Office of the child(ren)’s Lawyer may provide:
- A lawyer to represent the child (generally for older children and youth)
- A clinician, usually a social worker, to meet with the family and write a report for the court. This is generally for children under ten.