Doing More for Children with Less: Multidisciplinary Representation of Poor Children in Family Court and Probate Court

49 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2016  

Robert Noel Jacobs

Independent

Christina Riehl

University of San Diego School of Law

Date Written: July 15, 2016

Abstract

Family court and probate court are Barmecide feasts for too many children, especially poor children with special needs. "Multidisciplinary representation" of children enables the courts to address needs and risks that cannot be resolved by fine-tuning a custody schedule, frequently at little or no additional cost to the taxpayers. Since most children cannot identify the salient issues in their cases, and do not have standing in family court or probate court much less lawyers to represent them, it becomes the court's responsibility in every case to identify the issues most relevant to children's interests and decide whether multidisciplinary representation is indispensable to justice.

Keywords: at-risk children; family court; probate court; custody; access to justice; multidisciplinary representation; counsel

Suggested Citation

Jacobs, Robert Noel and Riehl, Christina, Doing More for Children with Less: Multidisciplinary Representation of Poor Children in Family Court and Probate Court (July 15, 2016). Loyola of Los Angeles Law Review, Vol. 50, 2016. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2810327

Robert Noel Jacobs (Contact Author)

Independent ( email )

No Address Available

Christina Riehl

University of San Diego School of Law ( email )

5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
United States

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