Texas child custody cases can be complicated, and it may take a number of professionals to help ensure that each area of the case is addressed. In addition to lawyers for both parties seeking custody, there is also sometimes an attorney for the child or children. There can also be a lawyer who represents and assists the court; this person is called the amicus attorney.
What is an amicus attorney?
An amicus attorney is a legal professional who may be assigned to any family law case that involves children; usually child custody cases. The role of an amicus attorney is to provide the court with the help it needs in order to make decisions that are in the best interests of the child. An amicus attorney may conduct interviews with the child as well as with the relevant adults in the child’s life.
The amicus attorney’s findings can help the court understand more about each litigant’s:
- home life;
- relationship to the child;
- childrearing goals; and
- child’s desires in regard to living arrangements.
While the amicus attorney interacts with the child and determines the child’s wishes in the case, he or she is hired to provide legal services to the court and does not represent the child.
If there are multiple children in the case, an amicus attorney can be useful to help the court grasp the individual needs and preferences of each child as well as their respective relationships with their parents.
Seeking Your Own Legal Help
If you’re facing a Texas child custody case involving multiple children, you can benefit greatly from having an attorney on your side. Your attorney can help you navigate through the process of interacting with an amicus attorney as well as other legal professionals assigned to your case. A lawyer at will represent your wishes and best interests and will stand up for your rights. Contact us today to discuss your case: (888) 584-9614.