Lawyers who specialize in family law will often see clients’ families split up before the courts, leaving them with a difficult decision to make.
But there is a way to make sure that doesn’t happen.
Read moreThe new independent child lawyers can be found in family court, where they can also advise families on the issues that affect them.
“The court system is often slow to respond to issues in family matters,” says one of the founders of the independent child law group.
“We believe that this is one of those areas where it’s much easier to work on family law than it is in other areas.”
What you’ll see is there’s a lot of families who want to be able to have their children in a family unit but the system isn’t always in their favour.
“They’ve had success because the system is more accommodating.””
I’ve been working with a number of people for the last few years, and I’ve had some great success with some of them,” says lawyer and founding member of the Independent Child Law Group, Emma Tait.
“They’ve had success because the system is more accommodating.”
The main obstacle to getting a child lawyer is that a child’s mother has to prove the child is under 18, or there’s the risk of getting in trouble with the law.
“It’s a little bit of a tricky situation because the mother has got to prove that the child has not been living with the father,” says Emma.
“In New Zealand, there are some other things that have to be proven in the child’s favour, but it’s very difficult to do that.”
A lot of the children come to us because of a mother who wants to put them in a safe environment, and they come with a lot to prove.
And if a woman’s husband is a drug dealer, she may also be able find a way back.””
If you look at the statistics, the most common reasons people come back are the mother’s welfare, the father’s welfare and the child, and the mother does that much better than the father.”
And if a woman’s husband is a drug dealer, she may also be able find a way back.
“There are very few cases that are ever dismissed because there is nothing in the law that would stop them from being prosecuted,” she says.
“So if the man is going to be a drug-dealer, he will get away with it.
It’s not really a problem if the mother is a victim.”
But there is another obstacle.
“Most of the time, the child doesn’t understand the court system and is a bit confused.
A lot of them don’t know how the system works, or what happens to them when they get into a case,” says Tait, who is also a child protection worker.”
We’ve got quite a few kids who have been in that situation and they’re not understanding the court process.”
In New Zland, it’s not just the law system that needs to be adjusted.
It is the family structure.
“It’s the family that’s at the heart of the family,” says the founder of the group, Emma.
She says it’s a very difficult situation to be in, because there are so many different factors that come into play when dealing with a child.
“When we see a child with autism, we often think they’re doing well because of their intelligence.
They’re very bright, they have a lot going for them.
But what happens is that the father has a problem with that child, because the father is a very good person, but the child thinks they’re a problem.
And so there’s an awful lot of emotional conflict in that child’s life.”
For Emma, the problem with a dysfunctional family is that “the child’s brain is not very good”.
“I think there’s very little that can be done, except to work with the parents on a family-friendly environment, which is very difficult,” she explains.
“There’s no way you can get them out of that situation, because you can’t give them the opportunity to understand what’s happening in their lives.”
The biggest barrier to getting an independent New Zealand child lawyer, according to Emma, is a lack of money.
And it’s often the parent who needs the help. “
That’s the one big thing.”
And it’s often the parent who needs the help.
“When a child goes into the court, they are told that the judge has been appointed to represent them, and he’s going to make the decision,” says Ms Tait who is working with children from Indigenous communities.
“He is going in and giving the child a hearing and getting the child to understand that they are part of the child.
And if they don’t understand that, they’re going back