During custody proceedings, Maryland Courts want to ensure the best interests of the child. As such, the court may appoint a lawyer to serve as a child’s Best Interest Attorney, Child Advocate Attorney, or Child Privilege Attorney.
- A Best Interest Attorney serves as “guardian ad litem.” The appointed attorney independently assesses the situation and determines what is in the best interest of the child. Sometimes this may be at odds with the child’s requests or directives.
- A Child Advocate Attorney serves as legal counsel for the child. In the same way an attorney advises and represents the wishes of an adult, a Child Advocate Attorney is appointed to help the child have a voice during the proceedings, especially if the child’s interest is distinct from the parents.
- A Child Privilege Attorney is appointed in order to determine whether to assert or waive the child’s privilege for the purpose of disclosing important information to the court in custody or access matters.
When children are involved, legal proceedings that determine their fate can be quite challenging and emotional. Baltimore Family Lawyer, Allyson B. Goldscher, approaches each child custody case with compassion, conviction, and care. Her experience representing or advocating for children helps ensure children are safe and makes the process a bit smoother for all involved.