Court Appointed Counsel

Court Appointed Counsel in Columbia, Maryland

Offices in Columbia, Towson, and Rockville, Maryland

THE LAW

An attorney may be appointed to represent a child in custody cases in equity court.

In child custody cases there is no statutory requirement for the appointment of counsel for children.  Counsel for children in custody cases may be requested by the parties or appointed by the court.

Once an attorney is appointed by the court to provide representation for a child in a custody case, the attorney appointed will serve one of the following roles as dictated by the appointment.

  • A Best Interest Attorney is appointed to determine what is in the child’s best interest and advocate that position during any settlement negotiations or trial.
  • A Child’s Privilege Attorney determines whether to assert or waive the child’s privilege of confidentiality with respect to any reports or communication involving a psychiatrist, psychologist and/or other medial professional.

The goal of the appointment of child’s counsel in custody cases is to ensure that:

  • the process is fair
  • the child’s voice is heard
  • rights are protected
  • the court is fully informed so that when it makes its determination as to what is in the child’s best interest, the decision will be made with full knowledge regarding all aspects of the child’s life

ASSISTANCE PROVIDED BY FLAG

The attorneys at FLAG have represented over a thousand children in child custody and child welfare cases.  Additionally, several of our attorneys are former educators who have experience working with and interacting with children on a daily basis.

Our experience in advocating for children is second to none; we take our role very seriously and will provide competent, zealous advocacy as instructed by the court.

When seeking out a child’s attorney, experience and a commitment to advocating for children is key to providing a clear picture of the family dynamics to the court. These aspects are at the foundation of FLAG’s mission.

Call our office (410) 884-0400 to schedule an Initial Consultation to discuss your legal rights.

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Read What Our Clients Have to Say
  • "Ms. Laynor was extremely knowledgeable, personable, and thorough throughout the time we worked together."
    Kimberly
  • "Anna Lindner was very helpful through the entire process, professional and very responsive."
    Amanda
  • "Anna Lindner walked me through the roughest time in my life. She was patient, understanding, resourceful, responsive, and comforting while also being my strength and confidence. She was aggressive when she needed to be and fought for what I deserved."
    David
  • "Anne Kelly Laynor was extremely prepared and always in control of the situation. Most importantly for me though, she was a calming force during an extremely emotional time. I feel extremely lucky and even grateful to have had her by my side."
    Former Client
  • "Emily was fantastic to work with! She walked me through every step along the way and made sure I was comfortable with what was happening. She is patient, kind, and understanding but also fights for what her client deserves."
    Becky
  • "Ms. Thomas was a pleasure to work with during my case. She was an excellent advocate for my son and won my case for him. He now has all the help he needs in school because of her determination."
    Toula
  • "Sarah has the unique ability to get right to the point and tell it ” like it is” while also being sensitive and considerate, which means that she isn’t wasting time and racking up needless billable hours."
    Janine

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