If you are visiting this site, you are likely involved in a case where the mention of a “guardian ad litem” has created some anxiety for you. When a GAL is appointed, he/she will learn the intimate details of your family and may have considerable influence over your children’s future. It makes sense, then, that you would want to learn more about, and possibly interview, some viable candidates for the job. Our goal is to inform the public about what a GAL does and who has the credentials to perform this important role. We want to connect parents with information so they can make a good decision. We hope you will visit our GAL Directory, read some of the helpful articles, and contact us with your stories, advice and questions.
“The soul is healed by being with children.“— Fyodor Dostoevsky
Articles from our Professionals
Tips for Working with a GAL
When a guardian ad litem is appointed to your case, be sure to cooperate fully with the guardian and any of his or her requests. The guardian ad litem will make a custody recommendation to the court, and while the recommendation is not determinative of the outcome of the case, the court will rely on what the guardian recommends. Accordingly, failure to cooperate with the guardian could result in an unfavorable outcome of the case…
By Coleman Legal Group
When Can a Child Decide?
Typically, younger children just want what is “fair” in a divorce or custody dispute, which, to the child, means spending equal time with both parents. Until a child is 11 years old, however, the child is not considered mature enough to know what is in his or her best interests with respect to living arrangements when the child’s parents do not live together. The child’s desires are never binding on the court, but the court gives a lot more weight to the desires of children who are 14 or older.
By Daniel Bloom, Esq.
The Perils of Appointments
The guardian ad litem, an officer of the court, holds a position of trust with respect to the minor child at issue and is duty bound to exercise due diligence in performing her (or his) role under the Code. Their work, generally considered valuable, “is not without legal and ethical
uncertainty . . . .” This article speaks to potential complications that can arise…
By Rachel Elovitz, GAL
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