Guardian Ad Litem for Children

In its capacity as a guardian ad litem/attorney for children, D&O serves to assist the parties or the Court with investigating and resolving child custody and parenting time disputes.  In doing so, D&O’s primary role and objective is to advocate for their best interests of the children at issue.

Our Goals:

  • To protect children.
  • To preserve relationships between children and both parents.
  • To decrease parental conflict.
  • To provide timely services.
  • To reduce litigation costs.
  • To be objective.
  • To develop creative solutions.
  • To empower parents to resolve future disputes.

Our Services:

  • Conduct an investigation, which may include:
    • Interviewing both parents, as well as each person having important knowledge of the child’s history, circumstances and significant events impacting the child.
    • Meeting with the child to determine his/her needs, perspective and views.
    • Obtaining and reviewing the child’s medical, social services, psychological, psychiatric, law enforcement, school and other relevant records.
    • Identify appropriate family or other professional services for the child.
    • Provide a written report with findings and recommendations regarding the best interests of the child.
    • Negotiate settlement and encourage the use of alternative forms of dispute resolution as a way to avoid ongoing litigation between the parents.
    • Attend legal proceedings and assist the Court with reaching the proper resolution of the dispute.

The Benefits:

  • A guardian ad litem is objective and advocates for the child, not either parent.
  • Utilizing a guardian ad litem may greatly reduce the cost of litigation for the parents.
  • A guardian ad litem protects the relationship between the child and both parents.
  • A guardian ad litem can provide creative solutions to problems to maximize the benefits to the child.
  • A guardian ad litem can provide solutions that reduce conflict and empower parents to resolve future disputes on their own.
  • Using a guardian ad litem can be less costly than a custody evaluation, or can assist an evaluator in identifying important relevant facts to assist in providing recommendations.

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