What does a Guardian Ad Litem do?
When a Guardian Ad Litem enters a case, he or she will review/investigate the family situation including talking to others who may have relevant information (e.g. therapists, teachers, caregivers, grandparents, coaches, etc.) and make recommendations to the court about a variety of matters, including:
- The children’s primary residence
- Parenting Plan (physical and legal custody, visitation schedule, co-parenting communication, etc.)
- Whether the children are being harmed by a parent’s alleged behavior (engaging applicable professionals with relevant knowledge and expertise to assist where needed)
- Supportive/Evaluative resources that would benefit the child(ren) (e.g. individual and/or co-parenting therapy)
The GAL will consider the age, any special needs of the child(ren) and/or circumstances when making recommendations, as well as, the children’s current relationship with the parents and the parents’ ability to care for their children.
What can I expect from a Guardian Ad Litem?
Typically, the GAL will first meet with the parents individually in our office. The children will not be present at this meeting, as the topics of the discussion will not be appropriate for them to be a part of. The GAL will make home visits to the homes of each parent to make sure they are appropriate for the child(ren). This is also a great chance to observe the children interacting with each parent in the home environment.
In addition, the GAL will want to meet with the children individually, without the influence of either parent. This will help the GAL develop the best solution for the entire family.
Our team at Behavioral Compass Group will work diligently to ensure the child(ren)’s best interests are kept front and center as your family navigates the Family Law legal system. We also provide co-parenting consulting and education to facilitate an environment that is best for the child(ren) now and in the future. To schedule an appointment, call us today at 860.470.3649!
Remember….it’s about what is in the best interest of the child(ren).