- Child Custody
- Family Law
- Child Support
Sometimes in contested custody cases, the court appoints a guardian ad litem to help resolve the case. People may confuse an attorney ad litem with a guardian ad litem because of the name similarity, but their roles and qualifications are different. An attorney ad litem must be a lawyer, and the lawyer’s role is to provide legal services to the child, which according to Texas statutes includes undivided loyalty, confidentiality, and competent representation. Some courts refer to an attorney ad litem as an Amicus, or friend of the court. In contrast, a guardian ad litem does not have to be an attorney, but is a person the court appoints to represent the best interests of the child.
Texas definition of a guardian ad litem
The Texas Family Code Chapter 107 defines the guardian ad litem as:
What a guardian ad litem does
Duties that a guardian ad litem performs may include:
While courts are not obligated to follow their recommendations, most judges incorporate them into final rulings. Even so, spouses’ Texas custody lawyers may argue on their behalves against recommendations not in their favor.
Robert Reid McInvale is an experienced family law attorney with a comprehensive practice in Houston. He provides dedicated and strong advocacy for his clients, helping them with all the issues surrounding their divorce, separation, child custody, and other marriage and family matters. Attorney McInvale—Reid to clients and friends—seemed destined for a law career. Born while his father was attending Emory University Law School, Reid grew up in Manchester, GA. His father was the city attorney for many years, as well as head of the Manchester Chamber of Commerce. It is in the family blood to become lawyers and help people get justice. U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Marshall is part of the McInvale family tree.