Every divorce process is a difficult one. Once-close bonds are broken, and families and possessions are divided. Spouses negotiate property rights and monies owed to one another. And if you have children, the process becomes all the more difficult with deciding parenting plans. These situations are where it may be appropriate to obtain a guardian ad litem.
A guardian ad litem (GAL) can be requested by either party in a family law case, but a GAL will not assist in a case until the court has ordered one to do so. The GAL’s duties are to represent the best interest of the child. GAL’s do not necessarily represent the child’s desires, other advocates may be appointed for that, GAL’s are only concerned with what is the best possible situation for the child.
Some of the tasks a GAL fulfills are to investigate the child’s life while they are in the care of either party. They do this by collecting medical and school records, and speak to witnesses from both parties. Although it is not their main function, they can help facilitate negotiations between parties. The GAL’s goal is to make sure that the child’s needs are met by all parties involved as both the case progresses and as it concludes. GAL’s do not make the final decision as the care of the child, however they do make recommendations to the court based on findings of their investigation.
If you find yourself in the midst of a divorce where custody issues are arising, trust your experts at Skinner & Associates to guide you through the process with a gentle hand. Skinner & Associates prides itself on providing exemplary customer services in this and other areas of our country’s legal system. We take every measure to ensure you are satisfied in all your legal needs. To learn more about how we can serve your needs please visit our website or call us at (614) 664-0200 today. Like us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on current tips and information.
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