What is a Guardian ad Litem?

A Guardian ad Litem (“GAL”) is a person, usually an attorney, appointed by the Court in divorce, paternity, and custody cases to represent the best interests of the children involved in the proceeding.  In Child Order of Protection matters, or cases that involve abuse or neglect, a GAL must be appointed.

The GAL will assist the Court with custody determinations but will first complete an investigation to formulate a recommendation to the Court. The investigation may include meeting with the parents and the children, if appropriate. The GAL may also speak with other individuals concerning the children, such as family members, friends, teachers, counselors, doctors, and police officers.  

Upon making a recommendation to the Court, the Judge will determine if he or she wishes to follow the GAL’s recommendation. The parties have the right to present their case to the Judge if they disagree with the GAL’s recommendation.

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