Guardian Ad Litem Attorney in Atlanta, GA
What Does “Guardian Ad Litem” Mean in Georgia?
The court will often appoint a third party attorney to represent the child or children, known as a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL). This individual is usually court-appointed during a divorce and family law case, child custody case, or other matter where a child would need representation to make decisions in favor of the child's needs.
What Does A Guardian Ad Litem Do?
A a guardian ad litem in Georgia might be appointed often in cases involving:
The GAL advocates in the best interest of the children rather than the parties involved in the case. A GAL may be appointed at the request of one or more of the parties or at the discretion of the judge and does not necessarily have to be an attorney.
Custody cases tend to be some of the most highly disputed cases; therefore a GAL can assist with helping acquire important information for the judge and can also make recommendations on behalf of the child.
Contact Warner Bates for answers to your questions about the role played by a guardian ad litem (GAL) in the state of Georgia.
The Role of a Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) Attorney
The GAL benefits the children through his or her ability to investigate sensitive matters more thoroughly than a court. At the conclusion of the investigation, the GAL offers a recommendation to the court.
Investigation may include:
- Interviewing witnesses such as family friends, teachers, and doctors
- Conducting home visits with each of the parties and the children
- Reviewing medical records
- Requesting various evaluations or assessments of either or both parties
- Other matters necessary to determine the outcome that is best for the child.
How Long Does a Guardian Ad Litem Investigation Take?
In general, it usually takes a guardian ad litem 3-5 months to complete their investigation and make a recommendation to the court; however, every case is unique, so the amount of time it takes for a GAL to complete an investigation can vary depending on the circumstances surrounding your case.
Many factors can play into the length of the investigation – the availability of medical and school records, any special circumstances, the number of people the GAL needs to speak with, and even the GAL’s caseload. Additionally, a GAL may be required to continue monitoring your case after a judge has made a ruling, to ensure that all parties are complying with court orders, which would mean that you could be working with that GAL for even more time.
Experienced Guardian Ad Litem in Georgia
Knowledge of the law and the courts is relevant; a deep understanding of children's needs and development is even more critical for the GAL. The attorneys of Warner Bates have 40+ years of experience with disputed child custody issues and many years of experience serving as GALs. They know how divorce impacts children as well as the relevance of special needs and family dynamics, and specialize in finding appropriate parenting situations for children at every age.
In addition to a thorough knowledge of the litigation systems and how different courts have handled various issues in the past, the team's collective understanding includes a background in social work and a comprehensive awareness of what to look for as Guardian Ad Litem. Based on their exceptional level of experience, firm attorneys offer valuable input as GALs and bring a realistic evaluation of the likely outcomes.
Call our firm today at (770) 766-8148 to speak with an accomplished Atlanta GAL attorney about your need for a Guardian Ad Litem!