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What is a Guardian Ad Litem?

A guardian ad litem is an attorney appointed by the court for the sole purpose of making recommendations regarding what is in the child’s best interest. This attorney will participate in a custody evaluation. A good guardian ad litem will interview both parents, will interview the children, if appropriate, will contact school teachers, will contact care providers, and may contact health care providers to make certain they are getting all of the information available so they can make a reliable recommendation as to what is in the child’s best interest. In most cases the court will require both parents to share equally in the cost of this attorney.

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