JO Knows Guardian Ad Litem

A “Guardian ad litem” (GAL) is a person the court appoints to investigate what would be in a child’s best interests. Here, we are talking about a child involved in a divorce or parental-rights-and-responsibilities case, including paternity, delinquency, and abuse or neglect cases. The GAL will look into the family situation and advise the court about where the children should live most of the time, whether the child is being harmed by one parent’s substance abuse, and what contact the child should have with the other parent. Jones Obenchain partner, Brian Gates, has experience serving as a GAL and can answer your questions.