Attorney Ad Litem

What is an Attorney Ad Litem?

An Arkansas Attorney Ad Litem represents children or other incapacitated persons in family law cases and guardianship cases when custody is an issue. A circuit judge appoints an attorney to represent the child(ren) if he or she determines that an Attorney Ad Litem would be helpful. Attorneys for the parents or parties of a custody case may also recommend that the judge appoint an Attorney Ad Litem. His or her job is to know all the facts and make a recommendation to the court about what placement would be in the client’s best interest.

Click here to learn about DHS’s role in child custody cases.

What Does an Attorney Ad Litem Do?

An Arkansas Attorney Ad Litem represents the best interest of the child(ren) just like an ordinary lawyer. A good Attorney Ad Litem will conduct thorough interviews and review all the court documents to get a good grasp of the case. He or she must understand the case and understand the needs of the children. This process is demanding.

An Attorney Ad Litem will need to consider all the following important factors:


Every child or incapacitated person in Arkansas is different. An Attorney Ad Litem must consider the client’s age, sex, health, special needs (if any), and preference before making a recommendation.


An Attorney Ad Litem must consider important factors like integrity, religious practice, compassion, empathy, sobriety, and honesty before making a recommendation.


Stability is important. An Attorney Ad Litem must know the party’s financial situation, work environment, community involvement, health, and relationship status to accurately predict whether the party is a good fit for placement.


Before recommending a party for placement, an Attorney Ad Litem must be convinced that the party is able to love and care for the child or incapacitated person.

What are the Attorney Ad Litem’s Qualifications?

An Attorney Ad Litem must first be a licensed Arkansas lawyer. He or she must also attend a yearly training session to better understand the needs of Arkansas children and the important role that he or she can play in ensuring that their voice is heard.

As a family law firm in North Little Rock, we’ve got you covered!

Attorney Ad Litem Blog

Can I take off from work if I or a family member gets the coronavirus?

If you or a family member have the coronavirus, there is a federal law called the Family & Medical Leave Act (FMLA)  that allows a qualified employee to take up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave within a 12-month period if they or an immediate family member requires care for a “serious health condition.” The…

Aug 14 2020


How to Get Driver’s License Back After Losing It Due to Money Owed From an Accident 

How to Get Driver’s License Back After Losing It Due to Money Owed From an Accident  Accidents happen to everyone, and sometimes one accident can grow into several problems. This is especially true of car accidents. In addition to loss of the use of your car as well as the aggravation and cost of getting it repaired, you may also have to…

Jul 31 2020


How to Stop Wage Garnishment in Arkansas

No one likes to feel out of control, at the mercy of someone or something else through wage garnishment. Unfortunately, for thousands of workers in the United States, that is the reality of their financial situation. Through an invasive process known as “wage garnishment,” a single creditor may take a large percentage of a person’s paid wages.

Jul 24 2020


Is Chapter 13 bankruptcy better now?

How the CARES Act Helps Debtors in Chapter 13 Bankruptcy  The CARES Act (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, Economic Security Act) provides some assistance to consumer and bankruptcy debtors.  In addition to the federal stimulus package which will provide a one-time payment to individuals based on their income and number of dependents, funds received by individuals will…

Jul 7 2020