These are attorneys that are paid by the state and selected by the judge.
Can law guardians initiate court actions, or would I have to file against my ex-husband to modify visitation before the law guardian would be able to become involved?
For more information, read the input from the legal expert below: Guardian ad Litem Process Topic: The Role of the Guardian ad Litem Vicki's Question: My biological son has his own attorney; will she go into court and speak for my son?
Brette's Answer: In most states, children in divorce or custody cases have Guardians ad Litem or Law Guardians appointed to represent them.
Brette's Answer: There is usually a child advocate of some kind appointed to represent these kids in the abuse/neglect proceedings.
Should I expect a decision after the GAL's report or a trial?
Your child won't appear in court, but at some point the judge might want to talk to him privately in his office. This is not a job that is high paying, so the people who do it, do it because they genuinely care about children.
Law guardians can often be the only voice of reason in settlement negotiations.Too often custody cases turn into personal struggles between the parents and sometimes the needs of the child can be ignored in parents' attempts to get revenge on each other or "win". Your child's law guardian will most likely want to meet him at home or in her office just to get to know him.She will probably want to talk to you and your spouse and may want to visit your homes.When we went to court this past Monday, the mediator appointed a Guardian Ad Litem to evaluate the situation.Now his ex is dressing up her house, and I'm sure will be the "perfect mother" while all this is going on.You should be open and honest with your child's law guardian. Brette's Answer: A GAL is only appointed if the case goes to court and it isn't automatic in every state. Question: I've had sole custody of our two sons - ages 12 and 10 for the last 8 years.