Guardians Ad Litem with Jill Plancher
In 20% of cases, there is high conflict over the kids’ issues, and a parent or the court will appoint a GAL. It can happen early on, or even post judgement. The issues may be about mental health of a parent, special needs with the child, substance abuse, or domestic abuse. Those cases are hard to resolve.
Once a GAL is appointed, they will follow best practices that include meeting with each parent, and the children in their homes initially to build comfort. Children typically are grateful to have a voice in the divorce process, although it’s not a privileged conversation. The kids rarely appear in court to testify and the GAL does the speaking on behalf of the children as an advocate for their best interest.