Dear Attorneys 9.16.21

Dear Attorneys,
My attorney told me that I should have a GAL appointed. What is a GAL? How would one help my case?

Sincerely,
GAL Googling
Dear GAL,
A GAL, or guardian ad litem, is an attorney appointed to represent your child(ren)’s best interest. That does not necessary mean what your child, or children, want, but rather what would be in their best interest based on a variety of factors. A GAL can often help parties to reach an agreement because sometimes it is helpful to hear a third party make a recommendation for your child. The reason is likely because you know that party is advocating for what he or she truly believes would benefit your child, and that is different than hearing your ex’s opinion of what would be good for the child.
Since courts are still moving more slowly than they were prior to 2020, many people also elect to appoint guardians ad litem to help move along their matter, rather than waiting on the court to have a trial.
If you think that appointing a guardian ad litem would be beneficial for your children, or your matter in general, you should speak with an attorney about it. Wolf & Shore Law Group is here to make your family law matter easier, not harder. Ever argue with a woman? Let Wolf & Shore Law Group go to work for you. Call us at 203.745.3151 or email us at info@wolfandshorelaw.com.
Very Truly Yours,
Wolf & Shore Law Group
*The situations represented in our Dear Attorneys column are entirely fictional and any resemblance to a specific case is unintentional. We cannot, and will not, offer legal advice to anyone who is not a client. However, if you do have questions or concerns, you should contact an attorney at your convenience.

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