An amicus attorney is a court appointed lawyer that serves as an extension of the court. The amicus represents a child by protecting his or her best interests rather than providing direct legal representation. An amicus may convey the child’s opinion but only if it is in his/her best interest. Amicus attorneys are usually assigned in family law cases affecting the parent child relationship. Custody or visitation may be at dispute. However, an amicus will not be appointed in cases where a suit is being brought by a governmental entity. As a result, the fees are split privately between the parties. Many times if the children are older or there are high conflict allegations between parties, parties should seek out the appointment of an amicus attorney to represent the best interests of the child.
An attorney ad litem may be appointed to represent a child or person directly. Ad litem attorneys can be appointed in child protective proceedings and in custody/visitation proceedings. Ad litem attorneys are appointed automatically in termination of parental rights cases and in adoptions without licensed adoption agency involvement.
A guardian ad litem is a person appointed to represent the best interest of the child and can be a volunteer advocate, a non-attorney professional or an attorney.
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