What Is A Guardian Ad Litem?

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

Where there are children in a divorce situation, often times the court will appoint, upon motion of either parent , a guardian ad litem to advise the court as to what is in the best interests of the child/ren.  In order for the judge to appoint a guardian ad litem, there has to be some detriment to the child under the present circumstances; either abuse, abandonment or neglect.  If the child is harmed by physical violence, exposed to drugs or sex, has bruises, goes to school dirty or shows signs of disease, these are the types of cases where a guardian ad litem may be asked to do an investigation and write a report of recommendations to the judge.

Guardians are used in custody situations.  They have to be qualified in some manner to serve.  Sometimes they are even attorneys, but do not act as advocates, but rather as advisors to the court.  For more information about this or other divorce topics, call one of the divorce lawyers at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561 835 9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at www.familylawwpb.com for more information.

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