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What is a Guardian Ad Litem?

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A Critical Role in Child Custody Matters

When parents get divorced, one of the most challenging things to decide is who will get custody of the children. In many cases, the court will name a guardian ad litem to help make this decision. But what exactly is a guardian ad litem, and what do they do for family law matters? Continue reading to learn more about a guardian ad litem's role in child custody cases.

What a Guardian Ad Litem Is

A guardian ad litem (GAL) is a person appointed to represent the child's best interests in a child custody case. They are not part of either parent's legal team but act as an impartial third party. GALs can provide valuable information to the court about what is best for the child and help resolve disputes between the parents.

Who Can Be a Guardian Ad Litem?

In many cases, the guardian ad litem is a lawyer, but they can also be a social worker or psychologist. They gather information about the child and the parents and present it to the court. They can offer recommendations about who should have child custody and help to resolve disagreements between the parents.

What Role Does a Guardian Ad Litem Play?

Guardian ad litems play an essential role in child custody cases and can help ensure that the child's best interests are always taken into account. They can help ensure that the child is not subject to neglect or abuse and provide valuable insight into what parenting arrangement would be best for the child.

Work with a Child Custody Attorney

In conclusion, a guardian ad litem is vital in helping courts make custody decisions that meet the child's best needs. If you are preparing for a divorce and have children, it is crucial to understand how guardian ad litems work.

If you need help with a child custody issue, contact the team at Assalone Lombardi, LLC. We always put the child's needs at the forefront of our work and strive to find the best possible outcome.

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