Guardian Ad Litem
Sometimes, when a child custody case is contentious or there are complicating factors, the family court judge will appoint a guardian ad litem. The guardian ad litem is an individual, usually an attorney, whose job is to represent the child or children in a custody case.
At the law firm of Travis Noble, P.C., our lawyers have substantial experience serving as guardian ad litem on behalf of St. Louis children and representing parents in child custody disputes in which a guardian has been appointed. We understand the law and the emotions involved in a tense child custody dispute.
When Does A Guardian Ad Litem Get Involved In Missouri Child Custody Cases?
The court will appoint a guardian ad litem (GAL) when an order of protection is being sought on behalf of a child, or when one of the child’s parents accuses the other of abusing or neglecting the child. In addition, either parent can request a GAL if they believe it is necessary to protect their child’s best interests.
How Does The Guardian Ad Litem Work?
The GAL’s primary role is to determine a child custody plan that best fits the child’s particular needs. They usually speak with each parent and may also interview other relatives, as well as the child’s teachers, doctor and other adults in the child’s life. Depending on your child’s age, the GAL may also speak to them and their friends. Based on these conversations and your child’s school and medical records, the GAL will develop a recommendation for a child custody order.
Our Role In Your Child Custody Dispute
As experienced family law attorneys, we at Travis Noble, P.C., will give you honest advice about whether requesting a guardian ad litem is what is best for yourself and your child. We will help you work with the GAL and keep you up to date on their work. Most of all, we will help you make the most persuasive possible case that the GAL recommend a custody plan in line with your preferences.
Find Out How Travis Noble, P.C., Can Help You Protect Your Children
To learn more about guardians ad litem and your rights as a parent, contact us at 314-450-7849 or toll free at 866-794-0947 to schedule a free initial consultation. We also have an online intake form for your convenience.