Children are the ones who are most vulnerable during divorce proceedings. The goal is to shelter them from the conflict as they are just children and should not be burdened with adult issues. That being said, in certain cases, where the parents cannot agree on custody, a lawyer is appointed to the child and/or children in order to advocate for their rights. The role of the children’s lawyer is to act as the voice of the child before the court. The children’s lawyer meets with the child to receive a mandate with the child’s wishes as to custody. The goal again is to shelter the child and generally to avoid the necessity of the child having to testify in court.