A Guardian ad Litem’s job is to represent the best interests of a child. The Guardian ad Litem is appointed by the court and serves as the Court’s witness. Guardian ad litem or GALs, as they are often called, must have initial training and meet guidelines set forth by the courts they serve. A GAL makes recommendations to the court, but is not a decision maker. The judge makes all decisions concerning the best interests of children.
The Guardian ad Litem is appointed when the parties are unable to reach an agreement as to allocation of parenting decision making and parenting time. He or she then prepares a report based on review of relevant documents, interviews with the child and interviews with others in the child’s life. There are different types of GALs.
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