A guardian ad litem is an attorney that is ordered by the Court to represent the best interests of a child. The guardian ad litem will interview the parties, any important witnesses, and the children. A guardian ad litem is generally recommended as a good idea for complex cases with highly contested custody issues.
Local courts may also recommend a guardian ad litem to reduce the time needed for a final hearing or to assist the court in evaluating each party’s living situation. Turn to our experienced family lawyers in Alpharetta at The Millard Law Firm if you have been told you need to hire a guardian ad litem.
A guardian ad litem may require children, parents, and witnesses to submit to psychological or custodial evaluations. After completing his or her investigation, a guardian ad litem will typically issue a report. The report can be several pages long and will clearly detail each of the facts investigated, how each fact is relevant, information offered by each witness, as well as the guardian ad litem’s recommendations for how to resolve this matter.
Typically, the guardian ad litem’s report will outline a detailed schedule for the following:
Additionally, the guardian ad litem is permitted to inspect documents that may otherwise be hearsay, such as:
At The Millard Law Firm, we have both retained guardian ad litems for clients and worked as a guardian ad litem when needed. If you are unsure as to whether a guardian ad litem is necessary or you are contemplating retaining a guardian ad litem, please do not hesitate to reach out to our firm now at (678) 929-1280.
We would be happy to offer you a free case consultation to discuss your needs with an Alpharetta family law attorney from our team.