Some divorce cases involving children in California can get messy. However, having the child in court testifying is rarely allowed. Minors (children) need their case presented to the judge through a minor’s counsel. The process of appointing a minor’s counsel is initiated by the courts. A minor’s counsel will interview the child, understand what their concerns are and their custodial preferences. There are procedures that they will follow to keep matters unbiased. Kelly Irwin at Irwin and Irwin Family Law is a certified Minor’s Counsel, [see blog HERE]. Kelly will represent children as their minor’s counsel where she will be a neutral voice for the child, without compromising the child’s rights, emotional well-being, or forcing the child to side with one parent or the other. Her role is to consider what is in the best interest of the child.