A Guardian ad Litem (“GAL”) is a person appointed to represent the interests of the children. The GAL does not “represent” the children in the same way that an attorney would represent a party to the case, but the judge does rely on the GAL to advise the judge about matters involving the children, which is a very important factor in the case. Generally, the GAL will conduct an investigation by speaking to the parents, the children, and other people involved in the children’s lives, such as teachers and counselors, and review records related to the children as necessary. The GAL will then issue a report to the court containing recommendations for the judge to consider in making a ruling.
If you believe that your family would benefit from the services of a GAL, Brazill Hester stands ready to serve. Our sole objective in GAL cases is to identify and advocate in favor of the best interests of the children involved. Informed by a background in social work, we will conduct an investigation that leaves no stone unturned, speaking to everyone who has information relevant to the children’s best interests, making home visits, and talking with the children. Perhaps most importantly, we will serve as a neutral voice for the children that saves them from the often traumatizing experience of testifying or talking with a judge in chambers. Advocating on behalf of children is perhaps the most important work we do, and know that recommendations need to take into account the fact that the child’s relationship with his or her parents will last a lifetime.