A Guardian ad Litem is a person trained to represent the best interests of a child. Guardian ad Litems are generally volunteers who are assigned to advocate for a child commonly for supervised visitation situations and child abuse cases.
Guardian ad Litems have two basic roles:
Generally, any adult with good judgment, common sense and a compassionate heart can be a Guardian ad Litem. They are volunteers who must complete a training process run by the court.
Guardian ad Litems are not lawyers. However, in certain situations, Guardian ad Litems may testify in court on behalf of the child:
If your child has been assigned a Guardian ad Litem, you may wish to consult with a family or criminal lawyer, especially if there are criminal charges against you for neglect or abuse. Working with an experienced family or criminal lawyer can help you understand your rights and help you deal with the complicated court system.
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