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What is An Amicus Attorney in a Texas Divorce Case


When you end up going through a divorce, there are a number of things that you have to look after and sort out. The most common thing that both parties sort out would be how they’ll be dividing the property that they shared during their marriage. Of course, that changes when there happens to be a child involved in the divorce. If a child happens to be involved, then the court also has to help settle things such as custody of the child as well as child support among other things. In Texas divorce cases that involve children, an amicus attorney is assigned to help sort out these matters regarding the child.

Amicus Attorney?

An amicus attorney is an attorney that is specially assigned by the divorce court to help settle any issues that involve the child during a divorce. In a way, you can think of them as the child’s representative in their parents’ divorce case. Though the amicus attorney technically does not have a client, they keep the child’s best interests in mind and help make sure that whatever the settlement, the child will get the best they can out of it.

What They Do

The amicus attorney makes sure that the child’s best interests are kept in mind throughout the divorce process. This to ensure that the settlement between their parents is also one that is favorable for them. To be able to do this, the attorney will have to get to know the child and their situation better. This means that the attorney will be interviewing the child, their parents, and any other individuals that might help shed more light on the child’s situation. The attorney may even go so far as to see what life at home is like for both parents. The attorney also has the duty of attending all the divorce hearings between the two parties. By doing all these, the attorney will be able to help the court make an informed decision regarding what would be best regarding the settlement for the child, custody and all.

In Texas, an amicus attorney helps the divorce court consider the best interests of the child when making decisions regarding their parents’ divorce. By helping inform the court of what would be best for the child, the divorce court would then be able to help make sure that the settlement reached between the two parents would still be good for the child.

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Mr. Hutton is a Divorce and Custody Lawyer based out of Round Rock, TX. His background is with child psychology at Arizona State University where he received a B.S. in 2006, and he continued this by working with the Children’s Right’s Clinic at the University of Texas School of Law where he received his J.D. in 2009. Throughout his practice, he has been a strong proponent of utilizing modern technology to improve his practice and the representation of his clients. He currently is the technology chair of CAFA of Travis County and is committed to improving and modernizing the practice of law in Texas. If you have any questions you can contact him at timothy.hutton@austintexaslegal.com

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