Matrimonial law is a complex area of study. While you may initially be led to believe that it simply deals with divorce and legal separation, in all actuality, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Indeed, matrimonial law can cover a wider range of topics than you might expect, and it is important to know that laws and other important features may vary from state to state or even county to county. In today’s blog, your North Haven and Greenwich, CT attorneys explore the scope and responsibilities of a guardian ad litem and what this means for your matter.
What is a Guardian Ad Litem?
Matrimonial law, which is sometimes used interchangeably with family law, is the area of practice that handles domestic relations and the intricacies of matrimonial and family matters. These can range anywhere from divorce and separation to custody, guardian ad litem, and other family law services.
What makes family law so complex is that the range of outcomes is vast. After all, no two divorces are going to contain the exact same parameters, and as such, should not be treated like a one-size-fits-all situation. Indeed, your situation is specifically unique to you, and we take care to represent your matter with an empathetic hand.
As you might imagine, a separation involving children can make an already complicated situation that much more complex, and sometimes the situation is not suitable for a child. In cases such as these, the court may appoint a representative to serve as the child’s guardian ad litem. Contact our team to learn more today.
Representing a Child’s Best Interests
A guardian ad litem (GAL) is considered to be an individual appointed by the court to represent a child’s best interests. A GAL can be appointed in a number of circumstances, including in situations where two parties cannot come to agreement regarding parenting.
In the state of Connecticut, typical responsibilities of a guardian ad litem include interviewing the parties involved, interviewing the child, investigating facts, reviewing case files, and speaking to medical professionals, teachers, and other community members that may be present in the child’s life. Contact our team to learn more.
Typically, By Appointment
In some situations, a GAL can be requested to ensure the child’s best interests are protected. However, most of the time the guardian ad litem is appointed specifically by the court. Moreover, it is important to note that the GAL does not make decisions for the court, but rather, communicates all necessary parts of the situation in order to inform the outcome.
Schedule Your Consultation
Contact The Law Offices of Charles & Boni-Vendola, LLC in North Haven and Greenwich, CT by calling 203-861-6800 to learn more about the intricacies of an appointed guardian ad litem, and schedule your initial consultation with our office today.