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The lawyer who is appointed to act for the child will not always meet with the parents or even a child. They are free to take all necessary steps to obtain an independent view of the issue, and can interview the child on their own terms. This does mean that they do not need a family member present and can do the interview without the families knowledge. It is, by the time this gets to court, an issue for the judge to decide and your daughter can challenge the findings or report of the lawyer for the child. Obviously the report has some importance, but it can be challenged
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