Who can be a Guardian?

What is a Guardian ad Litem?

What does a Guardian ad Litem do?

Can a Guardian ad Litem mediate your case?

How is the Guardian ad Litem selected?

What is "GAL"?

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If Ms. Moss is your child's Guardian ad Litem:​

If M. Brooks Moss has been appointed as Guardian ad Litem in your case, please contact the office to schedule your appointment and make payment arrangements per the Court Order.  Remember that our office does not receive paperwork relating to the appointment immediately after the case is heard.  A short period of time may pass prior to the office receiving your information.  

You will provided questionnaires by mail or email to bring to your first appointment, once we receive your contact information.  If you would like the questionnaires emailed to you, please provide an email address when you call to schedule your appointment.   

Only the parties may attend the initial appointment.  No other individuals may take part in the initial meeting, including the children involved in the case.  The initial appointment is scheduled for one hour.  Please ensure that your paperwork is completed and that the contact information for other individuals you wish to be contacted is complete.  

If you want your paperwork emailed to you, email info@mbmosslaw.com with a request for the Guardian package.  

Who can be a Guardian ad Litem:

Guardian ad Litems must meet the qualifications and training as required by state law, which includes annual educational and certification requirements.  

What is a Guardian ad Litem:

A Guardian ad Litem for a minor child is a special guardian appointed by the court in particular litigation. When there are issues that are contested such as custody and visitation a Guardian ad Litem is appointed.  A Guardian ad Litem is also necessary for case name changes of a minor and adoptions.   

What does a Guardian ad Litem do?  

The responsibilities and duties of a Guardian ad Litem include, but are not limited to: (1) representing the best interest of the child and (2) conducting an independent, balanced and impartial investigation to determine the facts relevant to the situation of the child and the family.

The Guardian ad Litem is lawfully invested with the power and charged with the duty of protecting the child’s interests in the litigation. The Guardian ad Litem is subject to all the rules of the court and shall receive all pleadings, notices, discovery, correspondence relating to the child, orders and notices of appeal.

Can a Guardian ad Litem mediate your case?

A Guardian ad Litem cannot act as a Guardian ad Litem and Mediator in the same case.   However, a guardian ad litem may participate in a mediation or a settlement conference with the consent of the parties.

How is the Guardian ad Litem selected?

Guardian ad Litems are appointed by the Court.  The individual appointed to serve as the Guardian ad Litem in a particular case is selected by agreement of the parties or by selection by the Court. 

What is "GAL"?

GAL is a common acronym for Guardian ad Litem.