A guardian ad litem (GAL), is an attorney for the minor children in family law matters, such as divorce, legal separation, paternity, child custody and child placement cases. In Wisconsin, a GAL may be appointed by the court to represent the best interests of the children to ensure that their needs are taken into consideration.
Here are some tips to consider once a GAL has been appointed for your family law case:
Telling the truth from the beginning is extremely important. If you are dishonest, your lies will likely be discovered during the GAL investigation.
Pay the guardian ad litem.
When ordered to pay the GAL, make your payment promptly and in full. The investigation will not begin until payment is made.
Schedule an appointment.
When you’re asked to schedule an appointment with the GAL, do it in a timely manner. This will help to keep the GAL investigation moving and on track to completion.
Sign releases and authorizations.
Remit signed releases and/or authorizations quickly, when asked to do so. This will allow the GAL to obtain necessary records and conduct interviews with any pertinent mental health or medical professionals who are relevant to the case.
Keep the GAL informed.
If there are any significant changes or updates during the case, be sure to notify the GAL, so it can be added to the investigation.
About the Author
Attorney Angela Boelter has over 17 years of professional experience working with chiIdren. She has been an attorney for over 15 years, and a guardian ad litem for 13 of those years. Angela also has a background in criminal defense and estate planning law, but primarily focuses her law practice on divorce, custody, placement, child support, legal separation, maintenance, property division and paternity. The family law section at Peterson, Berk & Cross, S.C. offers a FREE, 30-minute consultation.