Colorado Springs Child Legal Representation
Ensuring the Best Interests of Minors
At Knies, Helland & McPherson law, our attorneys’ main legal
services are family related. For this reason, we are familiar with the
circumstances surrounding child representation and how that may be affected
by local laws and regulations. It is our goal to work with you to ensure
the best interests of your child is always at the forefront of any legal
To speak with one of our attorneys, call us today at
(719) 626-8530 today!
The founding partners of our firm are all mothers who are passionate child
advocates. We understand the potential delicate and emotionally charged
nature of legal cases that involve children. As your representative, one
of our attorneys will help you create a strategy that is unique to your
situation. We will provide you with legal counsel and guide you through
What Is a Child Legal Representative?
Children who are often not of age to express their opinions in a court
of law and have no need to investigate underlying psychological issues
often require legal representation. The court will typically appoint a
child legal representative (CLR) in a case in which there are disputed
The CLR is an attorney appointed per state law and who is designated by
a parent to represent the best interests of the child. The representative
does not specifically represent the child. For example, say a teenager
wishes to live with his father who has lax curfew rules and lets him skip
school and smoke. While the child may wish to live in this environment,
it is not actually in the best interests of the child. The CLR will take
the child’s wishes into consideration, but he or she is not bound
to uphold them.
At Knies, Helland & McPherson Law, we work closely with our clients
to uncover any facts, such as those presented above. It is our goal to
ensure that we meet the court’s guidelines for the best interest
of the child but are also sensitive to the families with whom we work.
What Role Does a CLR Play in the Court?
Once appointed, the CLR has an active role in every aspect of the case.
Unlike a child family investigator, a CLR is not a neutral expert who
testifies. Instead, the CLR is an attorney who examines witnesses and
fights for a certain outcome within the court case. A CLR is also considered
a ‘first among equals’ and has a greater say on issues including
parenting time and responsibilities than any of the parents’ representatives.
As such, a CLR is often able to work with the court to negotiate a settlement.
A CLR is responsible for offering recommendations regarding allocation
of parental rights and responsibilities, parenting time, and child support.
Such a representative will also address any other issues that may arise.
The attorney is responsible for taking the child’s desires into
account, but he or she is not bound to make recommendations solely on
the desires of the child. It is the representative’s legal duty
to determine what is in the best interest of the child and make commendations
that directly align to the child’s needs, even if that goes against
the child’s desires.
When Do I Need a CLR?
Court concerns involving children are particularly complex and often emotionally
charged. Many of these cases involve custody issues or parenting responsibilities
that both parties have distinctly different ideas on the needs and/or
best interests of their child or children. In this case, it is often best
to request a child legal representative.
A CLR is beneficial to:
- Determine what is in your child’s best interest.
- Be a neutral legal party when disputes arise.
- Address sensitive issues regarding your child’s wishes.
A child legal representative is often considered appropriate if your child
is older and his or her idea of confidentiality is important. A third-party
representative may make it easier for your child to share personal information
that he or she may not want one or both parents and other relatives to know.
Offering Knowledgeable Legal Guidance
As the parent, it may be difficult for you to be impartial when making
decisions for your child. A child legal representative can take on the
task and remain a neutral party throughout all court proceedings. If you
are currently facing a custody dispute that may benefit from a CLR, contact
Knies, Helland & McPherson Law for legal advice and support throughout
Call our firm at
(719) 626-8530 or
contact us online to begin!