Guardian ad Litem or Custody Investigator?

In any case where a Judge has to make a decision about what is best for a child, they can appoint a Guardian ad Litem (GAL) to represent the child's interests in the court, or a Custody Investigator (CI) to provide information to the judge about the family situation. It is the responsibility of the GAL or CI to report to the Court what they believe is in the best interests of the child, regardless of what the parents, grandparents, or children think.


Link to Court Information on Child Custody and Visitation Investigations:

Link to Court Information on Guardian ad Litems (GAL):

Last Review and Update: Feb 25, 2003