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Child Representative in Domestic Relations

Volunteers serve as Child Representative (Child Rep) in cases where CVLS is appointed by Domestic Relations judges to represent the best interests of children involved in contested parental allocation cases.

Volunteer Child Reps investigate the people and issues, negotiate with the parties, and advocate for the child in and out of court. In addition to interviewing the parents and child, they may also interview other interested adults, review the child’s school and medical records, and sometimes consult with mental health professionals and social workers. Some cases resolve quickly and easily and require only one or two court appearances while others may take longer to resolve.

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation represents low-income Chicagoans in a wide variety of civil matters, both litigation and non-litigation matters. CVLS’ caseload is heavily weighted to family law, real estate, and consumer issues. Supporting volunteers is a priority for CVLS staff.

Type of engagement

Litigation

Time commitment

Completion of CVLS orientation (1 hr.) and 3-hour Child Rep training, then 20–30 hours over 6 to 12 months.

Training and support

Volunteers must attend a special 3-hour training held regularly at noon at CVLS’ Administrative Office. In addition to written training materials, experienced staff attorneys provide close supervision.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

Case management, client counseling, client/witness interviewing, negotiating, writing/drafting, subject matter experience

Skills and resources required

All attorneys are competent to handle this matter after the training provided. For complex cases, CVLS will rely on attorneys with expertise or litigation experience.

Location

Chicago, IL

Child Representative in Domestic Relations

Volunteers serve as Child Representative (Child Rep) in cases where CVLS is appointed by Domestic Relations judges to represent the best interests of children involved in contested parental allocation cases.

Volunteer Child Reps investigate the people and issues, negotiate with the parties, and advocate for the child in and out of court. In addition to interviewing the parents and child, they may also interview other interested adults, review the child’s school and medical records, and sometimes consult with mental health professionals and social workers. Some cases resolve quickly and easily and require only one or two court appearances while others may take longer to resolve.

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation represents low-income Chicagoans in a wide variety of civil matters, both litigation and non-litigation matters. CVLS’ caseload is heavily weighted to family law, real estate, and consumer issues. Supporting volunteers is a priority for CVLS staff.

Type of engagement

Litigation

Time commitment

Completion of CVLS orientation (1 hr.) and 3-hour Child Rep training, then 20–30 hours over 6 to 12 months.

Training and support

Volunteers must attend a special 3-hour training held regularly at noon at CVLS’ Administrative Office. In addition to written training materials, experienced staff attorneys provide close supervision.

  • Training is provided and required
  • CLE credit for training

Acquired skills

Case management, client counseling, client/witness interviewing, negotiating, writing/drafting, subject matter experience

Skills and resources required

All attorneys are competent to handle this matter after the training provided. For complex cases, CVLS will rely on attorneys with expertise or litigation experience.

Location

Chicago, IL