EVERY CHILD’S VOICE SHOULD BE HEARD AND RESPECTED
In Alberta, there is no specified age when a child can choose for themselves with whom they wish to live. Children grow up and mature at different ages. Every child’s development is different, and each child’s ability to reason, make use of their vocabulary, and make mature decisions, is different.
This is not to say that a child does not have a voice in Court proceedings. In certain family law matters with custody or access disputes, council for the children may be appointed to ensure that their opinions and preferences are before the Court.
Depending on the age and the capacity of the child, the approach of the lawyer will differ. Children may have “a voice,” although they may not have a “choice.” Most often council for older children will advocate the child’s position to the Court. Council for younger children, may take a “best interests” approach or act as a ‘Friend to the Court’ depending on the circumstance, facts and capacity of the child to provide instructions.
Eryn B. Logie represents children in all family law matters including child welfare matters through Legal Representation for Child and Youth (LRCY). Eryn B. Logie also accepts child representation matters through Alberta Legal Aid.
To learn more about child representation and how to have your child’s voice heard before the Courts, click here.
At Eryn B. Logie Family Law, we recognize that in some cases, children need to be heard amongst the legal battle of their parents. Once appointed by a judge, a lawyer can advocate on behalf of a child to make sure that their feelings and opinions are heard.
Oftentimes, representation for a child is needed when the parents cannot agree to where the child should live or what kind of extracurricular activities the child should participate in. Our family law lawyers are experienced in working and communicating with children and youth. We firmly believe that every child has a voice that should be heard and respected.
Our family law lawyers are also on the roster for Legal Representation for Children and Youth (LRCY) and represent children in Child Welfare matters.