Many times, family law matters involve children who are too young to speak for themselves or have any understanding of what is going on. In some situations, the court may appoint someone to speak and make decisions on behalf of the child. This person is known as the Guardian ad Litem, or GAL. They serve the purpose of making sure the child’s best interests are being considered in an unbiased manner. The Guardian ad Litem has a lot of responsibilities involving the court case that the child is involved in. They conduct interviews with the child and people in the child’s social network, research facts and files surrounding the case, and take part in any hearings that may occur. The court will look to this person as an unbiased third party to make recommendations about what is truly in the child’s best interest. Note that this person only makes recommendations, not the final decision on the future of the child.
If one of the parents involved in the dispute that required a Guardian ad Litem to be appointed believes that this person is acting falsely, they may file a motion to have the GAL removed from the case. They will have to prove reasonable evidence that the GAL has acted improperly throughout the case. If a Guardian ad Litem has been appointed to your case, you should speak with an experienced family law attorney to determine exactly what that means for your case.
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