Guardians Ad Litem
Mankato Family Law Attorney
Guardian ad Litem is another word for “guardian for the lawsuit,” which is what this person is to a child whose welfare is a concern of the court. Abused and neglected children are appointed a Guardian ad Litem and these individuals are simply volunteers that represented the maltreated child to ensure they receive a good outcome and can move toward a better life.
However, a Guardian ad Litem may be appointed by the Minnesota Juvenile Court if there is a custody dispute and an allegation of abuse or maltreatment exists. The child may not have necessarily been abused in an emotional or physical way.
If you are a parent who has been accused of abuse and you need help throughout this process, you have a Southern Minnesota Guardians ad Litem attorney who can work with you. We know the law and how the process works so you can assert your own rights.
Guardian Ad Litem Responsibilities
The main responsibilities of a Guardian ad Litem are as follows:
- Conduct an independent investigation to determine relevant facts in the situation between the child and their family. This includes the review of relevant documents, meeting with the child in the home setting, listening to the child’s wishes, interviewing the parents and any other caregivers or others with knowledge that is relevant to the case.
- Be an advocate for the child’s best interests by participating in various aspects of the case and recommending and pushing for any necessary community services.
- Maintain confidential information that is related to the case with the exception of sharing information that the law permits to promote solutions that better serve the child.
- Ensure the child’s best interests during the court process
- Present any written reports about what is in the best interest of the child and include any recommendations and facts in which those reports are based.
In these cases, the facts about what is really happening in the home come out in the open and this can have a great deal of weight in the case.
The Best Interest Of The Child
When your Mankato Guardians ad Litem lawyer is involved, the goal is also what is in the best interest of the child. The purpose is to not counteract or contradict what the Guardian ad Litem is doing. The process has to run its course, but you will receive the advice that you need to ensure everything moves as it should. Just like anything, there are things you should or should not do or say that could work against you. It can be difficult knowing how to respond to a Guardian ad Litem, but your attorney can help.
Contact A Southern Minnesota Divorce Lawyer
The Guardian ad Litem is an advocate needed for a child whose welfare may be at risk. These individuals take time out of their own lives to help children who have been abused or mistreated in some way. However, the children may not actually be abused. Instead, one parent may make an allegation of abuse toward another parent due to a custody dispute. Whatever the reason, an attorney may be needed. Birkholz Law, LLC is experienced with Guardians ad Litem law and can help in this process. To learn more, call the Mankato office at 507-387-2100, the St. James office at 507-375-3374, or the Westbrook office at 507-274-6501 for a free consultation.