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All too often, children are the biggest victims of divorce. Their wants and desires are not always addressed and, sadly, they often fall to the wayside during the divorce, custody, and visitation processes. In California, however, courts are now appointing “Minor’s Counsels” to represent the child’s best interest and provide the courts with an outline of their desires.

We believe helping our clients understand the laws that affect them and their situations will help them to make more informed and rational decisions. Thus, we walk each of our clients step-by-step through the legalities involved in their individual cases. With compassionate, aggressive legal representation, our San Bernardino minor counsel lawyers ensure our clients and their children get the best possible outcome.

For more information on how the Law Office of Michael R. Young can assist with your child custody or support case, call (909) 315-4588!

What Is a Minor’s Counsel?

Minor’s counsel is a specially-trained individual whose primary responsibility is to “investigate the interests of the child and his/her preferences.”

The child’s age and maturity level generally dictate how much weight such preferences will be given. For instance, if a child is 14 years of age or older and assessed to be competent, his or her desires will be given more weight. If a child is younger than 14 years of age, but is quite mature and competent to form and express a meaningful preference, then weight will also be given to that child’s wishes.

The minor’s counsel typically will make recommendations to the court regarding family law related issues such as the following:

Children who are too young or who have emotional problems or a mental defect may be interviewed by the minor’s counsel to find out their preferences, but most often, the minor’s counsel will make the final determination as to what should be recommended to the courts with regard to their best interests.

Why Choose the Law Office of Michael R. Young?

Need a San Bernardino minor counsel attorney for a case involving minor’s counsel? The Law Office of Michael R. Young serves clients throughout Southern California, including Riverside and San Bernardino.

Attorney Young can help with any of the following:

We stay current on laws in California with ongoing education. We also maintain memberships in a number of professional and legal organizations, ensuring our advocates are on top of any changes in family law. With 50+ years of combined experience, we are capable of handling even the most complex family law cases, caringly walking our clients through each step of the legal process. We have been AV® rated by Martindale-Hubbell®, hold a 10.0 Superb Avvo rating, and earned an A+ BBB rating.

Have any questions or need further information about minor’s counsel? Contact the Law Office of Michael R. Young today. We can be reached at (909) 315-4588.

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