Minor’s counsel are appointed by the court to represent a minor in a child custody case, Los Angeles Child Custody Expert David Pisarra explains the ins and outs with this video.

Do you want to know what a Minor’s Counsel is and how it can help you in a child custody case? My name is David Pisarra, I’m with Mensfamilylaw.com. We represent fathers in child custody cases all the time. Sometimes we have to have what’s called minor’s counsel appointed. A minor’s counsel is a lawyer appointed by the judge specifically to represent the child’s interest. So that they’re job is to go in and investigate, the meet with the child and the represent the child’s best interests in court. Not necessarily in favor of mom not necessarily in favor of dad. They are there to tell the judge what the child wants. Sometimes that’s easier than others. Oftentimes it’s easier with a teenager than a three year old. Because three year olds are not very verbal.
But the minor’s counsel’s role is to go into court and explain to the judge as sort of a third party whose job is to be in theory objective but at the same time represent the child’s interest. Minor’s counsels are appointed by the judge although sometimes they are paid for by the county most of the times these days they are paid for by the parties. The judge will make one party pay most of the minor’s counsel fee or all of the minor’s counsel fee, depending on the financial circumstances of the parties. then at time of trial the court depending on what the minor’s counsel says, can do what’s called apportionment. they can apportion, they can divide the fees and whose responsible, so that maybe dad has to, and usually does, has to front the money for the minor’s counsel, at time of trial the judge might come back and say well minor’s counsel found actually in favor of dad so he has to pay all of it or the minor’s counsel might come back and say both parents are good parents we should have a 50/50 custody split and the judge will look at it and split the fees because mom’s working and dad’s working. there are all kinds of factors involved in figuring out whose going to actually pay for minor’s counsel but the reality is a judge is going to look at it and say, who can afford it, and then how can they split it if possible. I hope you find that helpful, please feel free to give me a call, check out our website and remember a cheeseburger and a chocolate shake will get you through just about everything.

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