The Rights and Privileges of your Minor’s Counsel


In family law disputes, which involve the well-being of minor children, the court may appoint counsel to represent the best interest of the minors. Once appointed, counsel maybe given unrestricted access to a child’s records as well as given other rights in order to protect the child’s best interests. The California Rules of Court enumerates sixteen different rights that counsel has to effectively represent the minor. The most basic of rights is reasonable access to the child.

So, what does this mean for parents, guardians and other parties in the dispute?

This means you must work with the minor’s counsel. Be helpful! If counsel asks for documents, school records, or medical records, provide them. Don’t be pushy! Avoid the temptation to have the minor’s counsel “see your side” or understand your position. It is likely to not work in your favor because, the counsel’s job is to represent the minor, not you.

Lastly, if you are having trouble working with or communicating with the minor’s counsel consult with your attorney about the situation and see if they can address the issue with counsel on your behalf.

Authored by IRWIN & IRWIN.

IRWIN & IRWIN Family Law is located in Fullerton and Newport Beach, California. We provide a full suite of family law services from divorce litigation, divorce mediation, child custody issues, domestic violence restraining orders and representing minors in court. “Every situation is different, and some come with very complex financial issues. Our legal team is here to support you during a very troubling time and prepare you for court, or to at least help negotiate or mediate the issues out to establish an equitable legal resolution,” says Kelly Irwin, Senior Litigator at the firm.