What an Amicus Attorney is
In cases where a private (ie, not involving Child Protective Services) litigation is filed seeking conservatorship of a child, the Court could appoint an amicus attorney to help the Court in ascertaining the child’s best interests. An amicus attorney, unlike the attorneys representing the parties, does not have a client. Their job would be to become the arm of the Court, doing much of the legwork to help the Judge know what is ideal for the kid. They’re an advocate for the child’s best interests, not to the child personally.
Duties of an Amicus Attorney
The amicus attorney has a wide variety of duties. An Order Appointing Amicus Attorney should be signed by the Judge in each instance, and the arrangement will specifically outline the lawyer’s duties and responsibilities in the case. It’s important that the parties read and understand the purchase and they ask their particular lawyer any questions about the same.
Whether or not an amicus attorney is ideal for your case is a question you should explore with your lawyer. Be aware that you cannot simply hire one for the child; instead, such a position is made by the Court.
If you are going through a family legal matter and wonder if an amicus attorney might help your case, please contact us today at (281) 306-6616. We strive to assist our clients in taking whatever steps necessary to put the needs of their children first and foremost and will work with you towards the best possible outcome in your case.