A Guardian Ad Litem (GAL) is a person appointed by the court to represent the best interests of a child in a legal proceeding. GALs are typically attorneys or social workers who have been trained to work with children and families. They investigate the child’s situation and make recommendations to the court about what they believe is in the child’s best interests.
In Florida, GALs are appointed by the court in cases involving child custody, child abuse, and neglect. They can also be appointed in other cases where the court believes that a child may need an independent advocate.
The role of a GAL is to investigate the child’s situation and make recommendations to the court about what they believe is in the child’s best interests. GALs do not represent either parent in the case. They are independent advocates for the child.
GALs typically begin their work by interviewing the child and their family members. They also gather information about the child’s home environment, school performance, and medical history. GALs may also assess the child’s emotional and psychological well-being.
Once GALs have gathered all of the information, they will make recommendations to the court about what they believe is in the child’s best interests. These recommendations may include a recommendation for custody, visitation, or other matters.
The court is not obligated to follow the GAL’s recommendations, but they are given great weight by the court. GALs play an important role in the legal system. They help to ensure that children’s voices are heard and that their best interests are considered in court decisions.
Here are some of the benefits of having a GAL appointed in your case:
- A GAL can help you understand the legal process and your rights.
- A GAL can advocate for your child’s best interests in court.
- A GAL can help you communicate with the other parent and the court.
- A GAL can provide emotional support to you and your child during a difficult time.
If you are involved in a child custody or child welfare case, you should consider asking the court to appoint a GAL. A GAL can be a valuable asset to you and your child.
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This is for informational purposes only, not to be construed as legal advice.