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Court - Appointed Representation of Children in Texas Family Law Cases

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Court-Appointed Legal Representation of Children in Texas Family Law Cases, A Practical Guide for Attorneys, completely covers the Texas standards for court-appointed representation. It includes a full discussion of the case and legislative history leading up to passage of the 2003 legislation that overhauled the Texas Family Code Chapter 107, as well as comparison with national standards adopted by the American Bar Association, the National Association of Counsel for Children, and the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers.

In this work, Judge Lehrmann also provides step-by-step guidance for each type of court appointment, whether as amicus, attorney ad litem, or in a dual role.

Among its many features, this important work provides:

•  In-depth understanding of Chapter 107 amendments concerning court appointments, including detailed legislative history and case annotations
•  Step-by-step guidance when appointed in a suit affecting the parent-child relationship
•  An understanding of legislatively imposed duties in Texas and national standards that affect this area of law, including those of the ABA, AAML, and NACC
•  Suggestions for effectively interviewing and understanding children
•  Alternative methods for bringing children into litigation, in non-adversarial ways
•  Examination of the child's role in the litigation process, including the child's need to be heard and protected

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Table of Contents

Chapter 1. 	Importance and Unique Role of Child’s Representative 
Chapter 2. Background to Current Texas Law on Appointed Counsel for Children
Chapter 3. Court-Appointed Representation in Texas under Family Code Chapter 107
Chapter 4. National Standards for Court-Appointed Counsel for Children
Chapter 5. A Step-by-step Guide for Court-Appointed Counsel for Children
Appendix I Texas Family Code Chapter 107 Annotated
Appendix II ABA Standards of Practice for Lawyers Representing Children in Abuse and Neglect Cases
Appendix III NACC Recommendations for Representation of Children in Abuse and Neglect Cases
Appendix IV ABA Standards of Practice for Lawyers Representing Children in Custody Cases
Appendix V AAML Representing Children: Standards for Attorneys and Guardians Ad Litem in Custody or Visitation Proceedings
Appendix VI ABA/NACC Revised Standards of Practice for Lawyers Who Represent Children in Abuse and Neglect Cases
Table of Cases
Table of Statutes
Index