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.
It is always scary when Social Service, the Department of Human Services (DHS) or theDepartment of Children and Families Services (DCFS) become involved with your family. You just never know what can come from their inquiries, especially when they decide to file a Dependency and Neglect (D&N) case against you. It is vital that you have an experienced Jefferson County D&N attorney to help you fight any allegations of child abuse or neglect. Under the worst case scenario, the state can take custody of your children away from you. This is known as a loss of parental rights. Give yourself the best chance at keeping your family whole and make sure you have a lawyer who will passionately represent you.
On November 11, 2012, the Denver Post featured another article on the 72 children who have died in the Colorado child protective services system since 2007 even after the system had been alerted and was to provide protection. The article may be found at http://www.denverpost.com/failedtodeath/ci_21976431/failed-death-system-was-set-up-fail