CVLS Child Rep Ensures Safety of Child with Disability

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Steven Marshall and Kathy Clemens, Marshall Law LLC

Nicholas is six years old. Born with a rare, genetic disease, he has significant developmental disabilities. Nicholas cannot speak or walk, and he can only eat through a feeding tube. Both of Nicholas’s parents cared equally for their son. That is, until they separated when he was four years old.

Domestic relations litigation made Nicholas’s young, stressful life even more problematic. His parents could not agree on a parenting plan, and their disagreements led to potential risks for Nicholas. To determine what would be in the child’s best interests, the Court appointed CVLS as Child Representative. CVLS assigned the case to trusted volunteer, Steven Marshall. Steven met with the parties and advocated for an evaluation of their parenting abilities.

Throughout the case, Steven emphasized to the parties that they would have to work together to ensure the health and safety of their son. Steven argued for parenting classes through Metropolitan Family Services and referred the parents to family therapy to address their communication skills.

Steven’s hard work took the form of a comprehensive parenting agreement that Steven himself drafted. He even went as far as to prepare an order for child support! The final judgment requires each parent to have proper medical equipment and to inform each other as to Nicholas’s condition. Hopefully, with these guidelines in place, Nicholas can be one step closer to life as a happy, healthy child.