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Guardian Ad Litem

Guardian Ad Litems in Illinois

When the parents cannot agree on the allocation of parental responsibilities and parenting time, the court may appoint a Guardian Ad Litem (“GAL”) and/or a Child’s Representative. Often the GAL will investigate the allegations in the case by interviewing the parents and the children, and perhaps even doctors, teachers, extended family members, or other individuals who have relevant information related to the situation. Upon completing their investigation, they will usually report to the court their observations and give recommendations based on what they believe is in the best interest of the child.   

Although the judge is the only one who makes the final decision on child-related issues, most judges give a lot of weight to the observations and opinions of the GAL. Therefore, it is important to consult with your own attorney prior to appointing a GAL so that you can determine the best strategy when choosing and meeting with the GAL. SLG Family Law has experienced family law attorneys who can help prepare you for this process.    

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