A guardian ad litem (GAL) is an attorney appointed by a court to represent the interests of a child.
My priority is working to ensure you and your child feel comfortable during this process. I meet with the child 1:1 on their terms. Prior to our meeting, I discuss with each parent my role as GAL and ways to prepare for my participation in the case.
I encourage parents and/or their attorneys to reach out to me in the event there is a question or concern during the investigation about the child’s welfare or the way the investigation is proceeding. We will work to address the issues quickly and if necessary, request assistance from the court.
My role as GAL is to serve as an arm of the Court and to conduct an investigation into the facts, circumstances, and issues relevant to the matter. I review all of the filings, obtain collaterals, interview the attorneys, parents, child, medical providers, teachers, therapists, friends, grandparents, and anyone else who is important in the child's life. I analyze the relevant statutory factors to determine what is in the best interest of the child and file a report with my findings and recommendations.