What is an amicus attorney?

August 24, 2010

Courts can appoint an amicus attorney when custody of a child is an issue. An amicus attorney is an attorney appointed by the court to protect a child’s best interest.  An amicus attorney provides legal services to the court, not  to the child. 

Under Texas Family Code chapter 107 in a suit affecting the parent-child relationship (SAPCR) courts can appoint an amicus attorney, attorney ad litem, guardian ad litem, dual-role attorney ad litem or a volunteer advocate.