What is the independent children’s lawyer (ICL) supposed to do? According to the Family Court website, the ICL is “obliged to consider the views of the child, but ultimately provide their own, independent perspective about what arrangements or decisions are in the child’s best interests.” In other words, they advocate for and are the voice of children caught in the middle of family law proceedings. How many times has the ICL failed the children they were supposed to protect? Between all the lawyers, family law consultants, therapists and psychologists, where does it go wrong? We’re only reading about this case because of the tragic outcome and the subsequent inquest, but there are so many other untold stories happening every day.
The Family Court was never told Jennifer Edwards was uncomfortable about her father knowing anything about her, an inquest has heard.