When a child is involved in a legal dispute because of their parents and they are not old enough to make decisions for themselves, a person may be appointed by the court to act as a guide for the judge and advocate for the child. An attorney for a minor child serves to be the voice of a child while there is a parenting dispute occurring in family court. They are supposed to speak up regarding what the best legal interests of the child are. This is different from the guardian ad litem that may also be appointed for the child because that person does not serve to advocate for any of the child’s legal issues.
The court understands that many times, young children cannot comprehend what is going on in their parents dispute. What is valuable to know if an AMC is appointed for your child is that the attorney for the child must be a different person than the attorney for either of the parents. The parents are not supposed to try and convince the AMC of any specific decision because that party is supposed to be completely unbiased and only make the decisions in the best interest of the child.
If one of the parents believe that the Attorney for the Minor Child is not suitable for the child, they may be able to file a motion that will allow them to make their case. They will have to make a case give their reasoning as to why the attorney for the minor child is not suitable to represent their child in court.
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