Attorneys ad Litem are court-appointed functioning arms of the court charged with conducting an independent investigation and reporting to the court and making recommendations to the court regarding the best interest of the minor child(ren) or otherwise incompetent person(s).

What to expect
Carol will meet with each parent individually at her office first. Subsequently, she will meet with the child(ren) in each of the parent’s homes. During this time, Carol will gather information to help her determine others to interview and information that she needs to gather. Based on these interviews and the information she obtains, Carol will file any necessary motions for services for either the child(ren) and/or the parents. These services are things like counseling, co-parenting classes and tutoring.

The child(ren) will have Carol’s contact information and be encouraged to contact her at any time with questions or concerns. Parents will be asked not to discuss the case with the child(ren) and refer them instead to Carol.

At the conclusion of the case and prior to the hearing or trial, Carol will make it known to the attorneys what she expects to recommend to the Court for the child(ren)’s best interest. At court, Carol will call witnesses and question them just as the lawyers for the parties will. At the conclusion of the hearing or trial, she will report to the Court what she has done, learned and what her recommendation is.

If her recommendation differs from the desires of the child(ren), she will notify the Court and explain why her recommendation is contrary to the stated wishes of the child(ren).

research papers

Administrative Order 15.1 of the Arkansas Supreme Court, Qualifications and standards of practice for attorneys appointed to respresent children in domestic and guardianship cases