“In chambers” or “in camera” refers to a hearing in the privacy of the judge’s office. These meetings are typically held to review particularly sensitive or private information outside of the formal courtroom. One of the purposes of such an interview is to determine whether a child has a preference as to who the child will live with or not. Such discussions may be held at the request of a party, amicus or ad litem counsel. The trial court, as always, has a duty to act as gatekeeper, according to the most recent opinion of the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit filed on April 25, 2022 on behalf of JN, LN, KN and MN. Children, 2022 Tex. apartment Lexis 2678.
TEX. fam. CODE Section 153.009 provides the following in the relevant part: