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Author: Kelly Stephan | Stephan Law Firm

In many divorce cases with minor children, the Court may, at their discretion, appoint a Guardian Ad Litem. The role of the “GAL” in Illinois parenting/custody matters is governed by 750 ILCS 5/506(a)(2). The GAL shall submit to the court a report on the best interest of the minor child(ren).

The GAL is considered to be the “eyes and ears of the Court” and as such, the GAL will do an investigation that will include meeting with the parent and the child(ren). Many times, a GAL will interview additional parties like family members, schoolteachers, and doctors. A GAL may come to your home and do a visit there as well.

It is in everyone’s best interest to be open and honest with the GAL and not hide things. When a GAL is involved in your case it is important to discuss the ramifications with your own attorney.