When a child custody case is contested a judge may appoint an amicus attorney to represent the best interests of the child(ren). The amicus attorney’s role plays a crucial part in the court’s determination of final custody.
The amicus attorney can visit the homes of the two parties, conduct interviews of the parents and the child, meet the neighbors of each respective party, conduct investigations and review school records. Essentially, the amicus is an extension of the court’s view into determining the best interests of the child.
Amicus attorneys must have the qualifications of being experienced in child advocacy. If you are in need of an amicus attorney or need to know more about their role in your particular case, contact us for a consultation.