A GAL Is a Court-Appointed Expert Representing a Child’s Best Interests
Video Transcribed: What is a guardian ad litem, a GAL as they’re often referred to? Hi, I’m Eric L. Strocen. I’m an attorney in Muskogee with the Wirth Law Offices. And I’m here to talk to you today about this topic.
This is a topic that I see a lot of issues resulting in the appointment of a GAL, a guardian ad litem. And I think it’s important to talk about it so that people know precisely what these attorneys’ role is in the case.
Now, a guardian ad litem is someone who represents the children involved in the case. That person typically can be appointed by the court, and their job is to conduct interviews, make visits, and speak on behalf of the children if it becomes necessary.
It’s an important part of a family law practice to ensure that we pay attention to situations that may need one and advise our clients accordingly.
At times when things are heated and accusations are flying back and forth between the parties, it can settle a lot of issues just to have a GAL involved who can provide a written report that the court can then use to assess who they should rule for in certain hearings that come up.