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 custody case or other matter where a child would need representation to make decisions in favor of the child's needs.
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 GAL in the state of Georgia.
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.
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) 951-2700 to speak with an accomplished family lawyer in Atlanta about your case.