What is an Amicus Attorney?

Category: Divorce Terminology

An amicus attorney is a lawyer appointed by the court to provide information to the court that may be helpful in making a decision, usually in child custody or visitation matters. An amicus attorney does not represent any of the parties or the child. The attorney is purely an arm of the court who advocates for the best interests of the child.

An amicus attorney is appointed by the judge, who will issue an order outlining their duties in the case. This could include interviewing the child and parents, conducting home visits, and requesting and reviewing documents. The purpose is to get an intimate view of the parenting styles and living conditions of both parents.

The judge determines which parent pays the amicus attorney’s fees or if both parties do.

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