Georgia Guardian Ad Litem
Divorce cases that involve children can be especially contentious and emotional for both sides. In these situations, the court may appoint a guardian ad litem whose sole responsibility is to ensure the best interests of the children.
What Is a Guardian Ad Litem?
A guardian ad litem is an appointee of the court—typically an attorney—who advocates for the interests of the children and can make recommendations to the court regarding custody.
Although the guardian ad litem’s recommendations are not binding on the court, they typically carry significant weight and are given serious consideration.
Why Is a Guardian Ad Litem Needed?
Because parents can sometimes become so embroiled and emotional in the course of divorce proceedings, they may not always think as clearly as they would under normal circumstances. The guardian ad litem may be asked to step in to ensure that the children’s best interests are truly considered at all times throughout the case.
Additionally, the guardian ad litem can act as the “eyes and ears” of the court by visiting the parents’ homes and the children’s schools. He or she is also authorized to speak with doctors, teachers, friends and neighbors in order to ascertain details of the children’s circumstances and their wellbeing.