Guardian Ad Litem

Often, a judge will appoint and heavily rely on the investigation and recommendations of a guardian ad litem (GAL) for his/her thoughts about custody. As an impartial third party, it is the role of the GAL to look out for the best interests of the child. Serving as the eyes and the ears for the judge in this proceeding, the GAL may even serve as an expert witness at trial.

The GAL has many duties which are key considerations for the judge during a child custody case. The GAL is obligated under the outlines listed in Georgia Uniform Superior Court Rule 24.9 for various responsibilities in representing the child’s best interests. From conducting independent and thorough investigations of the child’s life, which may consist of home visits, consultation with the parents and their attorneys, interviewing teachers, visiting the child at his/her school, and/or meeting with the child directly, the GAL process is often tedious and, at times, a bit intrusive.

Usually, the court will simply choose the GAL without any suggestion or consideration from the parties’ attorneys. However, the court may offer the ability to choose, at which point it is crucial to choose an attorney who has the experience and discretion to handle your GAL needs. Bell & Washington LLP has been called on countless times to represent the needs of children across the state of Georgia. With a combined 50 years of family law experience, our team of attorneys use their decades of experience to ensure the best possible outcome for you and your children. For experienced and comprehensive representation with regards to a guardian ad litem issue, contact Bell & Washington LLP in our Atlanta office. There are no fees or obligations for an initial consultation and we would be delighted to speak with and assist you. Call us today at 404.437.6641 for a free consultation.