Glossary of Legal Terms

Guardian ad Litem (GAL)

An attorney or special advocate appointed by the court to investigate your child’s situation, and file a report with the court about what is in the best interest of your child(ren). Guards do not “work for” either party. The guard may interview the parties, visit their homes, visit the child(ren)’s school(s) and speak with teachers, or use other resources to make their recommendation.