Q: Can I fire my court appointed legal counsel for not representing my interests as an out of state non-custodial parent?
My husband, separated 14 years, moved to Virginia. We mutually agreed for our daughter to spend her summer vacation with him 6 years ago. Once he had her in his care, he vanished- changed his phone number, mail was returned, ignored facebook and email correspondence. Our daughter was placed in foster care in March. I was appointed an attorney who does not advocate for me. Can I fire her?
A: The only thing you can do is hire a private attorney to represent you. When you hire a private attorney to come into the case, the public attorney provided to you is relived from the case and your private attorney represents you thereafter. Unfortunately you cannot fire the court appointed attorney and request another public court appointed attorney. If you have any further questions please do not hesitate to contact my office for assistance.
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