Working with the Guardian ad litem

A guardian ad litem may be appointed by the court to represent your child in your custody case or divorce. These attorneys are given the special role of representing your child’s point of view in the case. Guardians ad litem were created to ensure the court has all three points of view – that of each parent as well as that of the child. The guardian ad litem is not really a guardian and has no legal rights over your child. However, his or her job is to find out what is in the best interest of your child and share that with the court.

In New Jersey, the guardian ad litem works as the eyes and ears of the court. He or she will meet with you, your ex, and your child and may also interview other people relevant to the case such as teachers, doctors, therapists, and family members. The guardian ad litem submits a report to the court with his or her findings.

If a guardian ad litem is appointed to represent your child, you should follow these tips:

  • Be friendly and welcoming. Your job is to get the guardian ad litem to like you and see you that you are a good parent. Put your best foot forward. Acting reticent and resentful will only hurt your case.
  • Be honest. Whenever possible, be honest in your dealings with the guardian. If you are caught in a lie, it will just make you look bad.
  • Remember that everything is on the record. Anything you tell the guardian ad litem can end up in his or her report.
  • Get advice from your attorney. Your attorney likely knows the guardian who has been appointed and can offer you some tips about how to deal with him or her.

DeTorres & DeGeorge regularly handles all types of custody cases in Long Valley, New Jersey and the surrounding areas. Call us to schedule a consultation at 908-284-6005.

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About DeTorres and DeGeorge Family Law

DeTorres and DeGeorge Family Law is a New Jersey based family law firm that has been helping New Jersey residents achieve the best possible results in their divorce for nearly 30 years. The DeTorres and DeGeorge Family Law team is always ready to fight for their clients’ rights – determined to help New Jersey families overcome legal challenges from start to finish. Our legal team, with over 65 years of combined experience, provides expert guidance on all family law and divorce-related matters, including custody and parenting time, alimony and child support, equitable distribution of assets, premarital agreements, post-divorce issues, executive compensation distribution, divorces for business owners, and divorce mediation. The firm has been recognized for its dedication and expertise in the industry by multiple local and national organizations, including Super Lawyers, Law Firm 500, and the American Institute of Family Law Attorneys. Rosanne DeTorres, Managing Partner, is one of 150 lawyers certified as a matrimonial law attorney.

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