Guardian ad litem or GAL may be a term you hear during your divorce, child custody, or dependency and neglect case in Wheat Ridge, Arvada, or Golden. A GAL is a lawyer who is assigned to represent a child’s best interest in court. Here are some frequently asked questions regarding the guardian ad litem and their involvement in family law cases.
Guardian Ad Litem: Frequently Asked Questions in Jefferson County Family Law Cases
- Who decides if a guardian ad litem is necessary?
A GAL can be requested by the court, or either party involved in the divorce or child custody case.
- What is the purpose of the GAL?
The sole purpose of the guardian ad litem is to represent the best interest of the child or children. This does not mean that the GAL presents what the child wants or wishes will happen. It is about what is best for the children. Sometimes, the GAL will suggest that something neither the child or the parent wanted is in the best interest of the kids. Again, the guardian ad litem is not the attorney for the children, but actually the representative for the child’s best interest.
- What does the guardian ad litem do?
Once a GAL is assigned to a case, they will begin investigating the case. This will include interviews with the kids and both parents. The guardian ad litem may also further interview other people involved in the children’s lives, like teachers, coaches, other family members, therapists or counselors. Basically, the GAL can choose to speak with anyone who can shed light on the kids and their needs. The guardian ad litem will make the child an active part of the case.
If you are getting a divorce or dealing with a child custody or dependency and neglect case, contact the best family law attorneys from the Pearman Law Firm at 720-259-9528 or toll free at 888-835-6339 for a free initial phone consultation.
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