Written by attorney Kathryn Jones Boortz

5 Important Questions to Ask in Selecting A Guardian Ad Litem

Often in a divorce matter involving children, an attorney will need to seek the assistance of a “Guardian Ad Litem." A Guardian Ad Litem is appointed by the Court to represent and advocate for the best interest of the child. The Guardian Ad Litem’s main job is to conduct an investigation into every aspect of the child’s life and provide a report and recommendation to the court.

While the Court has the discretion to appoint a Guardian Ad Litem of their own chosing, in many cases, you do have the opportunity to work with your attorney to select a Guardian Ad Litem. Selecting the right fit is critical. Below, I have listed 5 Important Questions to Ask in Selecting a Guardian Ad Litem:

  1. How much experience in serving as a Guardian Ad Litem does the individual possess?

  2. What kind of reputation does this person have in the local community and court system?

  3. Will this person work with both parents and the attorney to provide a timely report to the Court?

  4. Will this person make each party feel comfortable and at ease when talking about issues of a sensitive nature?

  5. Is this person a good listener who is willing to listen and seek to gain a thorough understanding of my child’s needs?

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