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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"?

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 person 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 to help protect the best interest of the child or children.  A Guardian ad Litem is also necessary for 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.  Attendance by the Guardian ad Litem in contested custody and visitation cases can be beneficial.

 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.

As a Certified Guardian ad Litem, the members of the firm  will work to represent the best interest of each child. 

An Order of Appointment by the Court is necessary for Guardian services. Selection of a Guardian ad Litem is by the parties, attorneys, or Court.

Guardian ad Litem