What is a Guardian ad Litem?

A guardian ad litem, often referred to as a "GAL," is a person appointed by the court to represent the best interests of an individual. Unlike a guardian, a GAL does not manage the affairs of of persons, nor do they act as their attorney.  

In a divorce or parenting petition proceedings, the GAL is usually appointed to represent the best interests of the children. The court charges the GAL with the responsibility of investigating designated issues and making recommendations to the court. Issues can include parenting responsibility, parenting schedules, ability of either parent, influence of significant others, and special needs of the children. The GAL is a valuable tool for the court since the GAL can gather a lot of information to provide to the court and aid in making a decision regarding parenting rights and responsibilities.

For more information on Guardian ad Litems, the New Hampshire guardian ad litem board has useful information on their site.

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New Hampshire Family Law Blog - May 18, 2008 11:21 PM
When parties disagree about the parenting rights and responsiblities of each parent, often the court appoints a Guardian Ad Litem. This adds an additional time and cost to a divorce or parenting case. As with attorney fees, the cost of...
New Hampshire Family Law Blog - July 2, 2008 8:10 AM
"best interests standard", "parenting rights and responsibilities determination", "RSA 461-A"
New Hampshire Family Law Blog - October 31, 2008 7:10 AM
I had a conversation today in which the person stated that most Guardian ad Litem's are volunteers, and that it is very unusual to have a GAL who is paid for his services. I thought this topic was worth a...
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Helen Whiteside - April 16, 2011 5:49 PM

we received a letter requesting the appointment of a guardian ad litem in our case. This case involves a deed which we are requesting be turned over to us. Why is there a guardian ad litem necessary and what will the guardian ad litem do for us?

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