Indio Minor's Counsel Attorney
Once parents break up and find themselves having difficulty co-parenting, one parent will generally file a divorce case if they were married, or a paternity case if they were not married. Even when parents co-parent well, filing with the court and obtaining court orders provides certainty and a certain comfort-level knowing that one parent would be barred from taking drastic action, such as removing the child from the state or country. Many cases that go through the court system either settle or the court makes custody and visitation orders. However, there are severe cases that require multiple court hearings and investigations. Parents litigating difficult child custody and visitation issues in the Coachella Valley may have minor's counsel ultimately appointed on their case. Indio family law attorneys may argue their client's position to the judge, but significant disagreements about the facts and parenting time issues make it difficult for judge to decipher the truth. Consequently, the court could appoint an attorney to represent the child or children in the case. These attorneys are called minor's counsel attorneys, and they can make recommendations to the court about child custody and visitation.
Determining the best interest of the child, and gathering facts are important roles of minor's counsel. Counsel can also present the child's wishes to the court, and can even let the court know if the child wants to address the court. Minor's counsel cannot be called as a witness, but they can bring witnesses for the child's case. Counsel will generally review healthcare and school records of the child. These attorneys will also likely interview school personnel and mental health care professionals who have assessed the child or provided care to the child. Under California Rules of Court Section 5.242 (k), “Counsel is not required to assume the responsibilities of social worker, probation officer, child custody evaluator, or mediator and is not expected to provide nonlegal services to the child.” Minor's counsel must have reasonable access to the minor child, and is able to seek affirmative relief on behalf of the child. There are many other rights and responsibilities of counsel. Indio divorce lawyers can explain the process in greater detail especially if your child wishes to communicate to the court.
Joseph Torri is on the Riverside Superior Court – Family Law Minor's Counsel List of Approved Attorneys. This list covers the jurisdiction of the Riverside Superior Court, Indio's Larson Justice Center. Thus, cases stemming out of Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Indio, La Quinta, Cathedral City, Rancho Mirage and the cities in the Coachella Valley would use minor's counsel that is on this list of approved family law lawyers if the court orders counsel appointed. The court can also appoint minor's counsel on move-away or relocation cases. For example, if one parent wants to move to another state, minor's counsel could be appointed to investigate the various issues for the request for order to move-away. Seeking an initial consultation with an Indio family law attorney about the legal issues surrounding your situation is a wise decision. Joe Torri is generally available for representation on your family law case and welcomes your phone call for an initial consultation. If you hire Mr. Torri, he would not be the minor's counsel on the case since that would create a conflict of interest.